Developmental Biology

The developmental biology program combines research activities centered in the Institute of Neuroscience with those in the Institute of Molecular Biology and the Institute of Ecology and Evolution. Several laboratories (Eisen, Guillemin, Kimmel, Miller, Postlethwait, and Westerfield) use zebrafish as a model in which to study the mechanisms underlying vertebrate development. Other research groups study development in the fruit fly (Doe, Guillemin, Herman, Prehoda), the mouse (Gardner, Guillemin, Niell, Stankunas, Sylwestrak, Zemper), the three spine stickleback (Cresko, Kimmel, Postlethwait), the nematode (Bowerman, Libuda, Phillips), Neurospora (Selker), and evolving gene families (Cresko, Kimmel). Members of all of these laboratories actively share information and resources in this diverse and rapidly moving field. In addition to a graduate research training program, a weekly journal club, and joint research group meetings, the developmental biologists participate in a yearly symposium on a topic of interest selected by graduate students in the participating laboratories.


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Name Department Research Interest
Chris Q Doe Biology Department Generation of neuronal diversity and motor circuits in Drosophila
Judith Eisen Biology Department Development of vertebrate nervous system with a focus on interactions between the nervous system, immune system, and host-associated microbiota
Tim Gardner Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact Sensory motor learning and neural interface development
Adrianne Huxtable Human Physiology Development of brain and spinal circuits controlling breathing
Chuck Kimmel Neuroscience Morphogenesis and evolutionary developmental biology of the skull
Adam Miller Biology Department Neural circuit wiring, synapse formation, and electrical synaptogenesis in zebrafish.
Cristopher Niell Biology Department Neural circuits for natural vision
John Postlethwait Neuroscience Developmental genetics and the evolution of developmental mechanisms
Emily Sylwestrak Biology Department Neural circuits of behavior; reward and addiction
Philip Washbourne Biology Department Developmental neuroscience with a focus on social behavioral circuits
Monte Westerfield Biology Department Molecular genetics of Usher syndrome and other diseases