Ph.D. - Developmental Biology
The Program in Developmental Biology at Baylor College of Medicine provides graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with a wide spectrum of exciting research possibilities and a broad cross-disciplinary training to understand complex biological processes.
The field of Developmental Biology (DB) is integrative. The DB laboratories employ a wide variety of approaches, instruments, and techniques of modern biological research including molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, imaging, physiology, genomics, and genetics in order to understand complex biological processes. Developmental biologists use model systems as diverse as social molds, worms, fruit flies, frogs, chickens, fish, and mice to dissect evolutionary conserved mechanisms that have direct and fundamental relevance to human development, health and disease. This allows trainees to unravel the principles and mechanisms that guide embryonic development, the maintenance and differentiation of stem cells, the differentiation of adult cell types, regeneration of organs and tissues, and the mechanisms underlying aging and neurodegeneration.
The major research interests are: neurobiology, cancer biology, cell death, aging, neurodegenerative and other human diseases, stem cell biology, gene therapy, reproductive development, oogenesis, skin, muscle, heart, blood, kidney, liver, bone, limb, ear and eye development, cell lineage specification, and plant differentiation.