Welcome to UW Biological Structure

Neuromast mitochondria


Retinal circuit


A novel retinal cell.



The Department of Biological Structure studies the structure and function of molecules, cells and networks with an emphasis on the nervous system.


Congratulations to Sarah Pickett!

Sarah successfully defended her dissertation "Mitochondria in the llife and death of mechanosensory hair cells" on August 2, 2018.  She did her work in David Raible's lab and is from the Neuroscience department.

Congratulations to Lige Tonggu!

Lige successfully defended her dissertation "Structural studies of BK ion channel in a lipid environment" on August 15, 2018.  Lige did her research in Liguo Wang's lab in Biological Structure.  She was in the Molecular and Cellular Biology program at the UW.

Andrea McQuate (Senior Fellow/Raible Lab) has been awarded an NRSA
Grant Award

Andrea McQuate (Senior Fellow – David Raible Lab) has been awarded an NRSA entitled “Regulation of mitochondrial networks in hair cells of the zebrafish lateral line”.  This project aims to provide new insights into what hair cells in the inner ear require to maintain their efficacy, and how changes in subcellular structures could result in hearing impairment or loss.