Developmental Biology

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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, Putnam, Sheets

Anjon (Jon) Audhya

Credentials: Regulation of membrane transport during development and disease

Position title: Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Basic Research, Biotechnology, and Graduate Studies, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health


Melissa M. Harrison

Credentials: Transcriptional regulation during development

Position title: Professor


Christina M. Hull

Credentials: Human fungal pathogen development and pathogenesis

Position title: Professor (also Professor of Medical Microbiology & Immunology)


Peter W. Lewis

Credentials: Mechanisms of chromatin assembly, gene silencing, and epigenetic inheritance

Position title: Associate Professor


Michael D. Sheets

Credentials: RNA regulation of cell fate and function

Position title: Professor


Andrea A. Putnam

Credentials: Function and regulation of RNA condensates in development

Position title: Assistant Professor (also Center for Quantitative Cell Imaging)