John I. Clark, Ph.D., Chair

The department of Biological Structure is a modern anatomy department which studies structural organization ranging from molecules to the  human body.


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John I. Clark, UW professor and chair of the Department of Biological  Structure, was elected as the 2015-16 president of the Association for Research  in Vision & Ophthalmology (ARVO). ARVO is the largest vision research  organization in the world with an international membership of nearly 13,000 in  80 countries. With blindness and vision impairment affecting nearly 300 million  people worldwide, ARVO is dedicated to research that can improve vision and  prevent blindness.

Dr. Kate Mulligan has been promoted to Principal Lecturer, effective July 1, 2014.

Dr. Mo Li has been appointed an Acting Instructor in the lab of Dr. Liquo Wang, effective Jan. 1, 2013.

Dr. Zhihong Cheng has been appointed Acting Instructor in the lab of Dr. Wenqing Xu effective Jan. 1, 2013.

Dr. Sachihiro Suzuki has been appointed an Acting Instructor in the lab of Dr. Rachel Wong, effective  March 1, 2013

Dr. Takeshi Yoshimatsu has been appointed an Acting Instructor in the lab of Dr. Rachel Wong, effective May 1, 2013

Dr. Anna La Torre has been appointed an Acting Instructor in the lab of Dr. Tom Reh, effective November 16, 2013

Dr. Heather Brignull has been appointed an Acting Instructor in the lab of Dr. David Raible, effective December 1, 2013

New Grant Awarded:

Dr. Wyeth Bair and Dr. Anitha Pasupathy have received a new NSF award entitled "US-German Collaboration:  Circuit models of form processing in primate V4".  The aim of the project is to understand how the primate visual system is able to recognize objects under a wide variety of viewing conditions.  The goal is to uncover the neural circuitry and associated computations that underly this capacity,using computer modeling, analysis of natural scenes and primate electrophysiology.

David Raible has been awarded a Competitive Renewal for his grant "Genetics of Zebrafish Hair Cell Toxicity".  The goals of the grant aim to facilitate development of therapeutic agents to prevent hearing loss through understanding the cellular pathways and molecular identities of potential therapeutic targets that regulate death and survival of inner ear hair cells.



The Department of Biological Structure in the School of Medicine at the University of Washington invites applications for a total of two full time positions: one Assistant Professor tenure track, and one Assistant Professor tenure track or Associate Professor or Full Professor with tenure.  Each position is an outstanding opportunity to establish a vigorous scientific program in our multidisciplinary community of interactive researchers in the following areas of emphasis: (1) Regenerative, repair, and/or stem cell biology; (2) Neuronal circuits & methodologies including imaging, optogenetics, or informatics;  (3) Cellular and molecular signaling.   A Ph.D. (in a related field), M.D., or foreign equivalent is required. Establishment of extramural funding and participation in departmental educational programs in the Health Sciences is expected. Submit a curriculum vita, summaries of your research and teaching experience, and three references at: Consideration of applications began February 1, 2014.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.  University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service.











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