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!


Please join us in congratulating faculty members Vivien Casagrande,who celebrates 40 years at Vanderbilt, and Chris Wright who celebrates 25 years with the university.  Grande milestones indeed!

Kudos to Chris Wright whose recent Genes and Development publication advances models for how differentiation is coordinated with the growth and morphogenesis of the developing pancreatic epithelium. Read more.

We are delighted to announce the arrival of Vivian Gama, Ph.D., who is joining our department as an Assistant Professor (read more).

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

Save the date! The Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at Vanderbilt University will host the inaugural Cell Dynamics Symposium in June 2nd and 3rd of 2016. This is shaping up to be a fantastic event with top speakers in the field. Details here!


Vanderbilt University
Program in Developmental Biology