The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Cell and developmental biology program

Information about the cell and developmental biology emphasis area in MCIBS


Image of a sea anenome larvaThe Cellular and Developmental Biology emphasis area focuses on elucidating molecular and cellular basis of developmental processes, with a translational approach that not only aims at understanding fundamental mechanisms of organismal development, but also relevance and applications to human diseases and well-being. Students in this emphasis area conduct original research in collaboration with a faculty mentor into basic mechanisms of development, often utilizing animal or plant models and also the direct research interface with animal or human diseases. Research and training opportunities are available in broad areas that include control of cell proliferation/differentiation/death, cell signaling and signal transduction, stem cell biology, cell and developmental neurobiology, cell biology of the immune system, regulation of gene expression, and evolutionary developmental biology.



students choose one course with a quantitative basis plus 9 credits of courses from the list below

Courses required for emphasis area (unless an alternative plan is developed with program chair):

  • BMMB541                 Molecular Biology of Animal Development
  • BMMB 542                Eukaryotic Cell Biology

Additional recommended electives, including some suggested quantitative courses- discuss the best choices with adviser and program chair:

  • BIOL 426                   Developmental Neurobiology
  • BIOL/BMB 430          Developmental Biology
  • BIOL 432                   Developmental Genetics
  • BMB 460                   Cell Growth and Differentiation
  • BIOL 467                   Molecular Basis of Neurological Diseases
  • BIOL 469                   Neurobiology
  • BIOL 470                   Functional and Integrative Neuroscience
  • BMMB 543                Advanced Gene Expression
  • BMMB/IBIOS 551     Genomics
  • BMMB 852                Applied Bioinformatics
  • NEURO 501              Seminars in Neuroscience
  • NEURO 512              Comparative Neuroanatomy
  • NEURO 520              Cell and Molecular Neuroscience
  • STAT 500                  Applied Statistics