Developmental Biology

During development, cells divide and differentiate ultimately giving rise to the complex set of tissues that comprise the adult organism. This is a highly regulated process that when not properly executed can lead to diseases, such as cancer, and to birth defects. Our faculty exploit a variety of model organisms and cell-based systems to answer fundamental questions about the mechanisms of development and apply this knowledge to understanding disease pathologies.

Relevant Labs: Audhya, Harrison, Hull, Lewis, Sheets.

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Jon Audhya

Associate Professor

(608) 262-3761


Understanding the fundamental mechanisms by which membrane proteins, lipids, and other macro molecules are transported throughout eukaryotic cells.

Melissa M. Harrison

Melissa M. Harrison

Assistant Professor

(608) 262-2382


Transcriptional mechanisms driving early embryonic development and the establishment of totipotency.

Christina M. Hull

Christina M. Hull

Professor

(608) 265-5441


Transcriptional networks in fungal development; pathogenic spore biology and host-pathogen interactions.

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Peter W. Lewis

Assistant Professor

(608) 316-4388


Epigenetic Mechanisms in Development and Cancer.

Michael D. Sheets

Michael D. Sheets

Professor

(608) 262-9452


Post-transcriptional control of vertebrate development; Regulated mRNA translation as an important mechanism for the regulation of early cell-fate decisions in vertebrate embryos.