An Award-winning


A team of regionally and globally recognized leaders in Developmental and Cell Biology. Our faculty is an integral part of our goal towards the understanding what causes developmental disorders and more. While the department interests are diverse, they are aligned with the same mission: to lead in cutting-edge research and help train the next generation of scientists.
    • 7 AAAS Fellows

      7 Faculty members have been named AAAS Fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

    • A Diverse Faculty

      The DCB faculty research interests include cell repair and regrowth, cancer origins, developmental disorders and more.

    • Collaboration

      DCB faculty travel around the world to collaborate with top scientists and researchers from many distinguished institutions.

Faculty Directory

Learn more about DCB faculty members and joint appointees. To view a list of participating faculty in the BioSci 199, please click on the drop down menu below.

DCB Faculty Participating in BioSci 199

  • Arora
  • Atwood
  • Bardwell
  • Benavente
  • Berns
  • Blumberg
  • Bryant, P
  • Calof
  • Cho
  • Cinquin
  • Civelli
  • Digman
  • Donovan
  • Edinger
  • Eom
  • Gardiner
  • Gross
  • Lander
  • Lin
  • Luderer
  • MacGregor
  • Monuki
  • Mortazavi
  • Mulligan
  • O’Dowd
  • Parsons
  • Plikus
  • Schilling
  • Suetterlin
  • Sun
  • Thompson-Peer
  • Wang
  • Warrior
  • Wunderlich

Kavita Arora

PhD, Bombay University, 1985

Drosophila; development; TGF-ß signal transduction; cell signaling

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Scott Atwood

Ph.D. University of Oregon
Protein kinase regulation of signaling pathways and transcription factors, using models of skin cancer and skin and hair follicle development to determine how kinases influence fate by controlling the genetic landscape of the cell.
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Lee Bardwell

Ph.D. Stanford University, 1992
How cell signaling networks work, and how they achieve specificity.
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Bruce Blumberg

Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
Molecular embryology, molecular biology, developmental biology, functional genomics, endocrinology, pharmacology, high-throughput screening
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Ken Cho, PhD

Ken Cho

Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 1985
Systems Biology of Development: Growth factor signaling and functional genomics.
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Qlivier Cinquin, PhD

Olivier Cinquin

Ph.D. University
Systems biology, cell differentiation, stem cells, C. elegans germ line.
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Peter Donovan, PhD

Peter Donovan

Ph.D. University
Molecular Genetics of Germ Cell and Stem Cell Development
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Aimee Edinger

VMD/Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 1999
Cancer bioenergetics, nutrient transporter proteins, sphingolipids, cancer biology, metabolism, autophagy, Rab7, mTOR, Akt.
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Dae Seok Eom

Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin, 2010

Cellular and molecular mechanisms of intercellular communication.

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Pablo Lara Gonzalez

Pablo Lara Gonzalez

Ph.D. University of Manchester

Cellular and molecular mechanisms of mitotic fidelity.

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Steven Gross, PhD

Steven Gross

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Laser tweezers, optical tweezers. lasers, molecular motors, kinesin, dynein, cargo transport,myosin, drosophila, biophysics, cross-disciplinary, motor coordination.
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Assistant Professor Evgeny Kvov

Evgeny Kvon

Ph.D. University of Vienna and Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP), 2013
Transcriptional regulation, Cis-regulatory elements, Evo-Devo.
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Arthur D. Lander, MD, PhD

Arthur Lander

Ph.D. University of California, San Francisco
Systems Biology of Development and Disease, and deals with topics in Developmental Biology, Cell Biology, Mathematical/Computational Biology, Glycobiology, Neurobiology, Cancer Biology and Engineering.
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Star Lee

Ph.D. Stanford University

Graduate teaching assistant professional development, culturally responsive pedagogy, biology education.

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Grant MacGregor

Ph.D. University of Sussex, 1986
Mammalian reproduction, development & homeostasis.
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Ali Mortazavi

Ph.D. Cal Tech, 2008
Structure and evolution of mammalian genomes.
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R Michael Mulligan, PhD

R. Michael Mulligan

PhD University
Molecular evolution and molecular mechanisms of RNA editing in plants
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Qing Nie

Ph.D. The Ohio State University, 1995
Computational Biology; Systems Biology; Stem Cells; Regulatory Networks; Stochastic Dynamics; Scientific Computing and Numerical Analysis.
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Diane O’Dowd

PhD University, 1985
Synaptic transmission, plasticity, ion channels, Drosophila, genetics, learning and memory, nicotine.
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Michael Parsons

Development and regeneration of insulin-producing β cells.
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Maksim Plikus

PhD University of Southern California
Mechanisms of regeneration and stem cell control.
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Thomas Schilling

Ph.D. University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, 1993
Zebrafish, development, neural crest, segmentation, hindbrain, retinoic acid, endothelin, pattern formation, embryogenesis, morphogenesis.
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Xiaoyu Shi

PhD University of California, Davis
Visualizing cellular machineries at molecular resolution, using super-resolution microscopy.
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Christine Suetterlin, PhD

Christine Suetterlin

PhD University of Basel, Switzerland, 1997
Golgi apparatus, centrosome, cell cycle regulation, Chlamydia, pathogenesis.
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Sha Sun

PhD University of Chicago
Long noncoding RNAs in epigenetic programming.
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Katherine Thompson-Peer

Ph.D. Harvard University, 2012, Cell and Developmental Biology
Investigating how neurons respond and recover after injury.
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Wenqi Wang

Ph.D. Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2009
Organ size control, Hippo signaling, Cancer, Proteomics.
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Rahul Warrior, PhD

Rahul Warrior

PhD Yale University
Molecular genetic analysis of nuclear migration and growth factor signaling in Drosophila.
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Adrienne Williams

Adrienne Williams

Ph.D. Biology University of California, Irvine
Biology education, equity in STEM education, learning assistants.
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Lauren Albrecht

Ph.D. Cell Biology from Northwestern University
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Claudia Benavente

Ph.D. The University of Arizona, 2007
Genetics, epigenetics, cancer, pediatric cancer, retinoblastoma, osteosarcoma, Rb.
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Anne Calof, PhD

Anne Calof

Ph.D. Univ. of Calif., San Francisco, School of Medicine
Systems biology of stem cells; genetic and genomic approaches to human developmental disease.
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Olivier Civelli, PhD

Olivier Civelli

Ph.D. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, 1979
Molecular neurobiology, G protein-coupled receptors, Neuropeptides, Orphan receptors, Novel neurotransmitters, Dopamine receptors, Orphanin FQ/nociceptin, MCH, traditional Chinese medicines.
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Fangyuan Ding

Fangyuan Ding

Postdoc: Caltech, Biology and Bioengineering
Single molecule and single cell, Systems biology, Synthetic Biology.
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Michelle A. Digman

Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago
Cell migration is vital for embryonic development, wound healing, and cancer metastasis.
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German Enciso

Ph.D. Rutgers University, 2005
Systems biology at the interface between the mathematical and the biological sciences.
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Enrico Gratton

Ph.D. University of Rome, 1969
Fast relaxation in enzymes, fluorescence properties, hydration of proteins, IR spectroscopy of biological substances, nucleic acids–fluorescent probe interactions.
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Ulrike Luderer

Ph.D. Northwestern University
Reproductive toxicology, developmental toxicology.
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Edwin S. Monuki

Ph.D. University of California, San Diego
Cerebral cortex, stem cells, development, neurobiology, neuropathology, mouse transgenics, BMP, patterning, brain malformations.
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Xaohui Xie, PhD

Xaohui Xie

Ph.D., MIT
AI/Machine Learning, Neural Networks, Deep Learning, Geonomics.
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Joseph Arditti

PhD University of Southern California, 1965
Developmental physiology of orchids, orchid biology, taro.
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Hans Bode, PhD

Hans R. Bode

PhD Yale University, 1966
Developmental biology (pattern formation, stem cell proliferation and differentiation); evolution of developmental processes; novel peptides affecting developmental processes; alternative animal model for toxicity testing; hydra.
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Sue Bryant

Susan V. Bryant

PhD University of London, 1967
Regeneration, stem cells, wound healing, growth, pattern formation, limb development, limb regeneration.
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Peter Bryant, PhD

Peter Bryant

PhD University of Sussex, England, 1967
Local Biodiversity and Conservation.
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Richard Campbell

PhD Rockefeller University, 1965
Morphogenesis; biology of hydra; fractal geometry of biological forms.
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David Gardiner

Ph.D. Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Regeneration, development, limbs, stem cells, amphibian, deformed frogs
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Stuart Krassner

Stuart M. Krassner

PhD The Johns Hopkins University, 1962
Morphological, metabolic, and biochemical analysis of developmental transitions (transformation) of hemoflagellates.
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Shin Lin, PhD

Shin Lin

Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles 1971
Complementary and alternative medicine, mind/body signaling, qigong, tai chi, acupuncture, exercise physiology.
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J Lawrence Marsh, PhD

J Lawrence Marsh

Ph.D. University of Washington, 1974
Mechanisms of late onset Neurodegeneration – Oncogene signaling pathways in normal and abnormal growth.
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Debra Mauzy-Melitz

Ph.D. Marquette University, Milwaukee Wisconsin, 2001
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Ronald Meyer, PhD

Ronald Meyer

Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, 1974
Regulation of axonal growth, development of nerve connections, nerve injury and regeneration.
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