Laboratories in the department combine cellular and animal models (such as worms, flies, fish, frogs, and mice) with state-of-the-art technologies to study various aspects of Developmental Biology. Such studies include the analyses of genomic changes that require the reorganization of chromatin structure, transcription and RNA processing, and the study of cellular processes and microenvironment alterations that impact cell fate decisions during the patterning (i.e. organization of cell fates in space and time) and morphogenesis (i.e. shape acquisition) of tissues and organs.

Collectively the Developmental Biology studies by members of the department influence disciplines that span stem cell biology, regenerative medicine, and cancer, and will propel advances in molecular medicine for related disorders.

Faculty conducting research in these areas: