Developmental biologists explore the processes by which organisms grow from a fertilized egg to a fully-functional adult.

Research in the department covers a range of topics, including early development, cell fate specification and organogenesis, epigenetics, metabolism, stem cell biology and aging.

We also offer access to a variety of research cores and centers to assist with services, equipment and expertise in a range of fields, including genomics, regenerative medicine, neuroscience and cancer.

Model systems

Along with one of the largest zebrafish facilities in the world, we study several other model systems, including the fruit fly, nematode and mouse, as well as tissue culture systems and embryonic stem cells.


Our faculty publish in some of the top scientific journals on a variety of topics, including aging, cancer, neuroscience, metabolism and regenerative medicine.