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Current research

Our research is highly diverse and includes topics ranging from embryogenesis, cell reprogramming and organogenesis to aging and stem cell engineering.

Our ongoing and future work will focus on new and emerging areas of developmental biology, such as epigenetics and genomics. 

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Model systems

We house one of the largest zebrafish facilities in the world. Along with zebrafish (D. rerio), we study several other model systems, including the fruit fly (D. melanogaster)nematode (C. elegansand mouse (M. musculus), as well as tissue culture systems and embryonic stem cells.

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Dr. Kristen Kroll received a five-year R01 research grant

Dr. Kristen Kroll received a five-year R01 research grant

Dr. Kristen Kroll, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Developmental Biology received a five-year $3,631.263  R01 research grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health beginning December 1, 2020, for her project entitled “Genomic and functional characterization of ASD and ID-associated MYT1L mutation”.
Dr. Dave Ornitz has received a two-year, grant award from Eli Lily & Co

Dr. Dave Ornitz has received a two-year, grant award from Eli Lily & Co

Congratulations to Dr. David Ornitz! David M. Ornitz, M.D., Ph.D., Alumni Endowed Professor of Developmental Biology has received a two-year, $265,000 grant award from Eli Lily & Co. (LRP) beginning December 1, 2020, for his project entitled “Effects of endothelial FGF signaling on myocardial dysfunction in a mouse model of heart failure with preserved ejection […]