The Department of Cell Biology and Physiology is a basic science department within the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. The department was established in 1997 and focuses on the study of biological structure, fundamental cellular and physiological processes and their relationship to human development and disease. The members of the departmental faculty come from a wide variety of academic backgrounds that include clinical anatomy; biochemistry; biophysics; molecular, cellular and developmental biology; and physiology. The formal divisions within the department are the following:
The department consists of 12 faculty members with primary appointments in the department and faculty with secondary or adjunct appointments from other basic science and clinical departments at the University of New Mexico, from the nearby Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, and from the Los Alamos National Laboratory. About two dozen students and postdoctoral fellows are currently carrying out their training within the department.