Developmental Biology

The Department of Biology features a vibrant group of developmental biology laboratories at the forefront of investigating the molecular and cellular mechanisms that generate and maintain various cell types and organs in embryonic and adult organisms.

Faculty and students in this area use a wide assortment of techniques including epigenetic analysis, genetics, molecular biology, proteomics, genomics, biochemistry, and advanced imaging using species as diverse as Xenopus laevis, zebrafish, mouse, rat and human. The collective works of these laboratories are directed toward novel strategies for the treatment of cancer, fetal alcohol syndrome, neurological disorders, Down syndrome, Bardet-Biedl syndrome, glaucoma, growth hormone deficiency, and regeneration of lost or danaged organs and tissues.

Developmental Biology Faculty:

  • Teri Belecky-Adams, PhD:  Development, disease, and regeneration of the vertebrate eye.
  • Ellen Chernoff, PhD:  Development and Regeneration of Limb and Spinal Cord.
  • Jim Marrs, PhD:  Cellular and developmental mechanisms using zebrafish.
  • Jason Meyer, PhD: Neuronal development and disease processes using induced pluripotent stem cells.
  • Simon Rhodes, PhD:  Genetic pathways that control pituitary gland organogenesis.
  • Randall Roper, PhD: Developmental abnormalities in craniofacial and skeletal precursors of Down syndrome
  • David Skalnik, PhD:  Regulators of epigenetic modifications, chromatin structure, and gene expression during mammalian development