Developmental & Stem Cell Biology

BMS is home to numerous faculty members with research programs focused on fundamental questions in Developmental and Stem Cell Biology. In addition to the focus area within BMS, a distinct Graduate Program in Developmental and Stem Cell Biology exists for those applicants who are committed to those topics. This program has a more focused curriculum including coursework, seminars, and journal clubs specific to Developmental and Stem Cell Biology. The BMS program maintains a more interdisciplinary curriculum, integrating multiple distinct focus areas with an overarching emphasis on biomedically relevant questions.


Most Developmental and Stem Cell Biology faculty members have appointments in both programs. Key topics of investigation among the faculty include cellular specification and differentiation, organogenesis, tissue morphogenesis and regeneration, and cell-cell signaling during development. A variety of model systems are used to pursue relevant topics in Developmental and Stem Cell Biology, including worms, flies, fish, chickens, mice, and human-derived tissues and cells.

 

Participating Faculty

Holly Ingraham, PhD

Primary Thematic Area: 
Developmental & Stem Cell Biology
Secondary Thematic Area: 
Cancer Biology & Cell Signaling
Research Summary: 
Mechanisms of Hormone Action in Organ Development and Disease

Yuh Nung Jan, PhD

Primary Thematic Area: 
Neurobiology
Secondary Thematic Area: 
Developmental & Stem Cell Biology
Research Summary: 
We are interested in the mechanisms underlying normal development of the nervous system and use that information to gain insights about the cellular and molecular causes of neurological disorders, and the regulation of axon and dendrite regeneration.

Shingo Kajimura, PhD

Primary Thematic Area: 
Developmental & Stem Cell Biology
Secondary Thematic Area: 
Tissue / Organ Biology & Endocrinology
Research Summary: 
Molecular Basis of Fat Cell Development and Energy Homeostasis

Aimee Kao, MD, PhD

Primary Thematic Area: 
Neurobiology
Secondary Thematic Area: 
Developmental & Stem Cell Biology
Research Summary: 
Programmed Cell Death and the Pathophysiology of Neurodegenerative Diseases

Ophir Klein, PhD, MD

Primary Thematic Area: 
Developmental & Stem Cell Biology
Secondary Thematic Area: 
Human Genetics
Research Summary: 
Developmental genetics of organ formation and regeneration

Sarah Knox, PhD

Primary Thematic Area: 
Developmental & Stem Cell Biology
Secondary Thematic Area: 
None
Research Summary: 
Mechanisms Guiding Epithelial Organogenesis and Tissue Regeneration

Scott Kogan, MD

Primary Thematic Area: 
Cancer Biology & Cell Signaling
Secondary Thematic Area: 
Developmental & Stem Cell Biology
Research Summary: 
Cooperating Events in Myeloid Leukemogenesis and Their Reversal

Tom Kornberg, PhD

Primary Thematic Area: 
Developmental & Stem Cell Biology
Secondary Thematic Area: 
Human Genetics
Research Summary: 
Cell signaling and signal transduction

Arnold Kriegstein, MD, PhD

Primary Thematic Area: 
Developmental & Stem Cell Biology
Secondary Thematic Area: 
Neurobiology
Research Summary: 
Neural Stem Cells and Embryonic Cortical Development

Diana Laird, PhD

Primary Thematic Area: 
Developmental & Stem Cell Biology
Secondary Thematic Area: 
Cancer Biology & Cell Signaling
Research Summary: 
Genetic and environmental mechanisms of germline development

Deepak Lamba, PhD

Primary Thematic Area: 
Developmental & Stem Cell Biology
Secondary Thematic Area: 
Neurobiology
Research Summary: 
Stem Cell Technologies to Understand Retinal Development and Disease

Andrew Leavitt, MD

Primary Thematic Area: 
Developmental & Stem Cell Biology
Secondary Thematic Area: 
None
Research Summary: 
Hematopoietic Stem Cells and Megakaryocytopoiesis

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