University of Wisconsin–Madison

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, Sheets.