Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology
Theme Group Advisor: Dr. Steve Whyard
525 Buller Building
Theme course requirements can be found in the Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology Theme Charts calendar entry.
The disciplines of cell, molecular, and developmental biology are closely intertwined as they each seek to understand how the basic building blocks of life work together to enable the proper functioning of cells, tissues, and entire organisms. Faculty members working in the Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology theme conduct research that ranges from studies on gene expression and interactions through to analyses of how cells communicate and form tissues to multicellular organization and developmental and age-related changes in whole organisms. Our researchers use a diverse range of organisms and state-of-the art cell and molecular genetic techniques and instruments to explore which genes are involved in growth, development, and disease conditions, how cells adapt to environmental and intrinsic forces, and how organisms form and evolve to adapt to their environment.