Dr. Rajeev Samant, Ph.D., Professor, Molecular & Cellular Pathology, has been appointed to serve on the Intercellular Interactions (ICI) Study Section of the National Institutes of Health, under the Center for Scientific Review, under the Division of Basic and Integrative Biological Sciences (DBIB).

The section reviews grant applications in the area of cell-cell interactions, including adhesion, migration, signal transduction and mechanotransduction in the context of development, homeostasis and differentiation. The dysregulation of these interactions leading to diseases is also a major area of interest of this study section. Some of the key focus areas of ICI include biology of the extracellular matrix, matrix remodeling, integrin signaling; epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), mechanobiology, paracrine and juxtacrine factors in cell-cell communication, cellular interactions mediated through signaling pathways, e.g., Wnt, Notch and Hh in the context of development, carbohydrates and proteoglycans in cell-cell adhesive structures, in signal transduction, in development and in pathogenesis and immunity.

Dr. Samant's appointment on the study section as a chartered member is for a four-year term starting July 1, 2020.