About Us

Program in Developmental Biology (320x240)
Cross-species approach

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.

Exceptional Faculty and Students

The Program in Developmental Biology is interinstitutional and interdepartmental. It enlists 74 excellent faculty drawn from 11 departments at Baylor College of Medicine as well as The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Health Science Center, and Rice University, all within easy walking distance. Cooperative and collaborative interactions among program laboratories and institutions enable trainees to take full advantage of the outstanding facilities of the Texas Medical Center.

The DB students at Baylor College of Medicine typically graduate with an excellent to outstanding publication record. The average number of publications per graduate student is above 4.5, with an average of more than 2.5 first author papers. Almost all of our alumni have gone on to postdoctoral fellowships. Most hold faculty positions at top notch institutions or have successful careers in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and non-profit organizations.