Developmental Genetics

Developmental Genetics


du_2Wei Du

Professor, Ben May Department for Cancer Research 

Cell cycle, tumor suppressor genes, and development.



Rick_FehonRichard Fehon

Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology

Regulation of epithelial polarity and proliferation during development.


Ferguson_ChipEdwin Ferguson

Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology

Developmental genetics of cell fate specification and stem cell maintenance

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Professor, Department of Human Genetics

Understanding gene regulatory processes and elucidating the genetic architecture of human-specific traits including disease.

He TCTong-Chuan He

Associate Professor, Department of Surgery 

Molecular biology of bone and soft tissue tumors; BMP and Wnt signaling in stem cells; Regulation of mesenchymal stem cell differentiation; Cancer microenvironment and bone metastasis; Gene therapy and regenerative medicine.


Ellie HeckscherEllie Heckscher

Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology

Development and function of neural circuits in the motor system



ho_rRobert Ho

Professor, Department of Organismal Biology & Anatomy

Pattern formation and early development in the simple vertebrate zebrafish.


Staff-Sally1-375x250Sally Horne-Badovinac

Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology

Collective cell migration and basement membrane remodeling during organ morphogenesis.




kratsios-headshotPaschalis Kratsios

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurobiology

Locomotion is an ancient behavior displayed by vertebrate and invertebrate animals. Despite anatomical differences in the execution of locomotion between species, locomotion invariably relies on the function of a specialized network of neuronal and muscle cells known as the motor circuit. Motor neurons lie at the heart of this circuit and display remarkable diversity based on anatomy, electrophysiology and molecular composition. Decades of research on motor neuron development and function have set the foundation upon which we intend to build and expand our knowledge on the molecular principles governing motor neuron diversity and motor circuit assembly.


kreitman2Martin Kreitman

Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolution

Population genetics; molecular evolution.



bruce_lahnBruce Lahn

Professor, Department of Human Genetics

Epigenetic mechanisms of cell fate restriction in stem cell differentiation.


IMG_1270Vincent Lynch

Assistant Professor, Department of Human Genetics

Vertebrate developmental evolution and gene regulation


Quantrell AwardsJocelyn Malamy

Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology

Molecular regulation of root system growth and development in Arabidopsis and crop plants.



McNerneyMeganMegan McNerney

Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology

Our lab studies the genetic abnormalities in myeloid neoplasms, a type of blood cancer. Using a variety of genomic approaches, we determined that a transcription factor gene, CUX1, is deleted in half of patients with poor-risk myeloid neoplasms. We are now determining the function of CUX1 by a combination of in vivo models and functional genomic approaches. The long-term goal is to leverage this information to identify to new treatments for patients with this disease.


Moskowitz,Ivan.sm_Ivan Moskowitz

Associate Professor, Department of Pathology

Molecular genetics of cardiovascular development and congenital heart disease.



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Ed Munro

Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology

Actomyosin network dynamics and contractility; cell polarization; tissue morphogenesis; computational cell and developmental biology.


Marcelo NobregaMarcelo Nobrega

Assistant Professor, Department of Human Genetics

Genetics of heart development and congenital heart diseases. Genetic engineering of mouse models of human diseases. Genomic organization and gene regulatory architecture. Vertebrate comparative genomics.

Vicky Prince1Victoria Prince

Professor, Department of Organismal Biology & Anatomy

Molecular, cellular, and comparative study of vertebrate axial patterning using the zebrafish model.

rebay_10_06_1Ilaria Rebay

Professor, Ben May Department for Cancer Research

Transcriptional regulatory circuitries in development and disease; Receptor tyrosine kinase signal transduction.



reinitz_john192x246John Reinitz

Professor, Department of Statistics

My laboratory is engaged in a long term project to understand how DNA sequence specifies biological form. We are interested not only in the specification of typical form by a typical genome, but also in the effects of variability. Such variability might take the form of genetic variation in a population or intrinsic fluctuations in an individual. These problems touch on issues central to developmental and evolutionary biology, and efforts to solve them have previously led to the development of new branches of mathematics.

schmidt-ott_uUrs Schmidt-Ott

Associate Professor, Department of Organismal Biology & Anatomy

Developmental genetics and evolution of insects.