Creating complex plant or animal tissues demands that cells adopt different fates by differentiating from stem cells into distinct cell types - flowers and roots or neurons and muscles. When damaged, mature organs repair using stem cells that recapitulate early developmental pathways. Mutations in development are the root of human disease and disability. Studying development in diverse model systems helps us find cures and treatments for disease. On the other hand, mutations in development also allow for the evolution of new forms - better crop plants, insects with wings, plants that invaded land. Comparing development among species allows us to recreate how developmental systems evolved, and understand major evolutionary trends. The study of differentiation, development and evolution uses integrative and interdisciplinary approaches, including genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, molecular biology, cell biology and modeling.
Differentiation, Development, and Evolution
Department Head, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Professor, Entomology / Insect Science - GIDP
Associate Professor, MCB
Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Cancer Biology - GIDP, Professor, Genetics - GIDP