School of Medicine

Department of Cell Biology & Anatomy


Dr. Canavier

Carmen C. Canavier, PhD
Mullins Professor & Head

Welcome to the Department of Cell Biology & Anatomy

The Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy has a history of strong commitment to the various missions of the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans- research, education and service. The department is actively involved in the teaching of many courses in the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Allied Health, Nursing and Graduate Studies. As part of its distinguished history in teaching excellence, the department has been given the “Best Preclinical Department” award by the graduating classes of the medical school for the past 21 years. The department continues to develop new instructional technologies in the areas of computer-aided instruction which better serve the educational interests of our students.

The research in the department includes evolutionary biology, comparative anatomy and neuroscience. Neuroscience is a particular strength that is synergistic with the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center of Excellence and the Neuroscience Center of Excellence. Our researchers use behavioral, electrophysiological, imaging, optgenetic and computational techniques to study the nervous system.

The department offers two PhD programs:
The Program in Clincal Anatomy trains students for a career teaching human anatomy,

The Program in Development, Cell and Neurobiology accepts students directly and via the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program and MD/PhD programs, program_dcn.aspx.

Interested high school students, undergraduate students, and medical students can also apply to the following programs to gain research experience working with our faculty.

Student Research Opportunities: 
Post Baccalaureate Research Experience to Promote Diversity:

The faculty within the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy take very seriously their responsibilities to assist in the training of the educators, scientists, and health care providers of tomorrow. 


Carmen C. Canavier, PhD
Professor and Head
Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy



Noteworthy Items
Bureau of Anatomical Services

For information on the Bureau of Anatomical Services, click here.


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Student/Post Doc Presentations

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