(Philadelphia, PA) - Phong T. Tran, PhD, has been appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Dr. Tran obtained his BA in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of California, Berkeley, and earned his PhD in Cell Biology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He completed postdoctoral fellowships at Columbia University in New York City, and at the Institut Curie in Paris, France. Dr. Tran was also a Visiting Scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, during the summer months of 1994 to 2001.

His current research focuses on the architectural dynamics of the cytoskeleton and cellular pattern formation. He has been published in numerous journals including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Journal of Cell Science and the Journal of Cell Biology. Dr. Tran is a member of the American Society of Cell Biologists and most recently received the 2003 Optical Imaging Association Award for Achievement in Optical Microscopy by a Young Investigator presented by the Microscopy Society of America.

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