Everyone knows that the skin is the largest organ, but what cell makes up the skin? Epithelial cells! I know what you’re thinking; why should I vote for epithelial cells when there are so many other important cells? I’m voting for epithelial cells in this upcoming Cell in Chief election and I think you should to. First of all, without epithelial cells, you wouldn’t have physical sensation. I don’t know about you, but I like being able to feel what I’m touching. Secondly, epithelial cells are crucial to many systems throughout the body, unlike some cells (did someone say schwann cell?). These cells make up not only skin but the lining of capillaries, certain cavities, and part of the lungs. Some epithelial cells, non-ciliated epithelium, are part of the female reproductive system. Some epithelial cells, ciliated epithelium, help out in the respiratory system. Epithelial cells are crucial to aiding the regulation of chemicals, secretion of hormones, and protecting our tissue. The epithelial cells are the first line of defense the body has, fiercely protecting all the other types of cells. Even once dead, epithelial cells are crucial. The top layers of skin are actually dead epithelial cells. What other cell can is as useful dead as it is alive? With three different shapes; squamous, cuboidal, and columnar, epithelial cells are very diverse. Lastly, epithelial cells have countless cell junctions. Shouldn’t our Cell in Chief be a cell that can communicate and bond well with others? Vote Epithelial 2017!