Developmental biology focuses on understanding how a single cell differentiates into a complex multicellular organism, with many specialized tissues and organ systems. The process of development requires exquisite coordination of multiple cascades of temporally and spatially localized gene expression, occurring in the right sequence at the right time. Investigations of the cellular, genetic and molecular bases of development are key to understanding normal and aberrant development in animals and plants. This basic research underpins many translational outcomes, including stem cell therapies and regenerative medicine.
The following MCDB faculty have interests in Developmental Biology: