The School of Medicine and Health Sciences renamed the Department of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology to the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, according to a release from the school Tuesday.
Sally Moody, the chair of the department, said the name change reflects the “current teaching and research activities” of faculty in the department, especially new hires. She said the name “better represents our collective expertise.”
“Our new name not only reflects where we are now but where we see ourselves in the future,” Moody said in the release. “We anticipate expanded opportunities in education and research in the department in the upcoming years.”
The department’s faculty members currently teach courses under the umbrella of cell biology, including embryology and microscopic anatomy. Several faculty members are also involved with the GW Cancer Center and Institute for Neuroscience, where they examine cell biology, the release states.
The name change comes two years after the department came under fire for mismanaging a body donor program and misidentifying remains.