Welcome to the Department of Developmental and Molecular Biology (DMB) website. Our scientific vision is to investigate the underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms in development, aging, regeneration, and disease. We use cutting edge techniques to understand the processes involved in cell and tissue polarity, protein processing, trafficking, and degradation, stem cell fate decisions and regulation of cellular signaling. Our 18 research groups using diverse model systems of hematologic, neurologic, cardiovascular, renal, virologic, metabolic, oncologic, and age-related diseases. Model systems include rodents, zebrafish and fruit flies and DMB maintains and manages the zebrafish core facility.
Our departmental activities include DMB weekly journal clubs, weekly work-in-progress seminars in which all graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty participate, and regular faculty “chalk talks”, where ongoing research programs and grant proposals are discussed. In addition, the whole department participates in a retreat held every 1.5 years at which on-going programs are presented in talks and posters.