Welcome to the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology - a vibrant, interdisciplinary environment for cutting-edge research over a scale that spans seven powers of ten, from single molecules to whole organisms. The difference between a test tube and a cell is spatio-temporal organization, and we study molecular, cellular and tissue organization in many of the laboratories within our department, seeking insights into fundamental biological questions and human disease.  We rank 4th in the nation for funding, as compared with similar departments in research institutions and universities. We are an interactive and highly collaborative department, with a strong graduate student association, outstanding core facilities, a top-ranked developmental biology program, and exceptionally strong faculty.  Recent faculty recruits are studying cell migration using super-resolution microscopy, single molecule analysis of microtubule dynamics, systems biology of intestinal epithelia, stem cell biology, and the regulation of plasma membrane composition and ageing.

We train top tier postdoctoral fellows, medical students and graduate students to continue our mission into the future. Over 70 graduate students are currently working in CDB laboratories, and 60% of current students published a paper during the academic 2014/2015 year!

Welcome to our 20 new Graduate Students: Erin Aho, Tessa Popay and Alissa Guarnaccia to the Tansey Lab; Jose Bermudez and Megan Postema to the Tyska Lab; Andrea Cuentas Condori and Kalen Petersen to the Miller Lab; Karrie Dudek to  the Magnuson Lab;  Amanda Erwin to the M. Ohi Lab; Maria Fomicheva and Erica Tross to the Macara Lab Meredith Giblin to the Penn Lab;  Amanda Leung to the Levine Lab; Victoria Ng to the Lee Lab; Susan Qualls to the MacGurn Lab; Cherie Scurrah to the Lau Lab; Chole Snider to the Gould Lab; John Snow to the Ess Lab, Nilay Taneja to the Burnette Lab and Xiao-Dun Yang to the Gu Lab. Photos of Current Students can be found here. 

Congratulations to Ethan Lee and Matt Tyska on achieving rank of Full Professor. Look at images from the celebration

2015 IGP Day  : On Monday August 17  CDB showcased our Graduate Program. New IGP Students met Chairman, Ian Macara, DGS, Steve Hann, current CDB students and had an interactive poster session with open labs accepting rotation students   Look at images from IGP Day 2015

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Program in Developmental Biology