Cell and developmental biology is a broad discipline in modern molecular and cellular biology, and is the foundation of all biomedical sciences such as neurobiology, cancer biology, regenerative biology and aging. A central mission of our department is to perform cutting-edge research to understand at the molecular level the organization and function of cells, and how cells interact to control the formation and function of multicellular organisms. Using a diverse array of experimental systems, we study chromatin structure and dynamics, gene regulation, RNA biology, signal transduction, and cytoskeletal reorganization in the context of cell growth, proliferation, differentiation, morphogenesis and tissue remodeling. Our research programs are highly interdisciplinary, and we collaborate extensively with colleagues in chemistry, physics, and engineering. Also critical to our mission is the education and training of the next generation of cell and developmental biologists.
Jie Chen, Head