Department Leadership

Name Title
Dr. Amander Clark MCDB Department Chair
Dr. Jeff Long MCDB Department Vice Chair for Education
Cell and Developmental Biology Home Area Director
Dr. Dan Cohn MCDB Vice Chair for Promotions


NameResearch Interest
John AdamsBiology of nucleic acid binding proteins
Utpal BanerjeeMolecular genetics of metabolism and development
Siobhan BraybrookMechanobiology of development
Jau-Nian ChenDevelopment of Vertebrate Cardiovascular System
Amander ClarkMolecular Regulation of Stem Cell and Germline Biology
Daniel CohnDevelopment of the skeleton and human skeletal disorders.
Hilary CollerMolecular basis of cellular quiescence
Arjun DebCardiac repair and regeneration, wound healing, progenitors, fibroblasts
Bob GoldbergUsing Genomics to Understand Seed Development
Andrew GoldsteinCancer biology, stem/progenitor cells and metabolism
Volker HartensteinNeuronal development in Drosophila
Ann HirschMolecular Analysis of Plant-Microbe Interactions; Development of DNA-based Methods to Authenticate Botanicals
Steve JacobsenGenetic and molecular studies of DNA and histone methylation and their role in the control of gene expression.
Tracy JohnsonMechanisms of pre-mRNA splicing and processing; the role of chromatin modification in gene expression
Leanne JonesRegulation of stem cell behavior during development and in response to aging and changes in metabolism
Frank LaskiGenetic Analysis of Drosophila Development
Chentao LinPhotoreceptors and Plant Development
Shuo LinHematopoiesis, Vasculogenesis, Modeling Human Diseases using Zebrafish and and Functional Genomics
Jeffrey LongTranscription factor networks and chromatin modifications involved in plant embryonic patterning and stem cell formation
William LowryElucidating the mechanisms of cell fate determination
Karen LyonsGrowth Factor Signaling in Mammalian Development and Disease
Hanna MikkolaMolecular Basis of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Development
Austin NakanoHeart development, stem cell biology
Luke NikolovGenetic, Developmental, and Evolutionary Basis of Nectary Formation
Matteo PellegriniComputational methods to interpret genomic data
Alvaro SagastiSensory axon and skin development in zebrafish
Pavak ShahWe seek to understand the mechanisms that shape neuronal circuit function during embryonic development.
Jesse ZamudioNoncoding RNA in disease and development

Active Emeriti

NameResearch Interest
John FesslerDrosophila molecular development, matrix structure
James LakeGenomics and bioinformatics, including the evolution and origin of genomes
John MerriamGenetic Analysis in Drosophila

Adjunct Faculty, Lecturers and Academic Coordinators

NameResearch Interest
Katie GallagherLecturer for Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
Mitra HooshmandLecturer for Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
Luisa Iruela-ArispeVascular Biology / Angiogenesis
Peiyun LeeLecturer for Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
Nat PrunetAdjunct Assistant Professor; Director of the MCDB/BSCRC Microscopy Core Facility
Diana RigueurLecturer for Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology

Biomedical Research Adjunct Faculty, Lecturers and Academic Coordinators

NameResearch Interest
Ira ClarkAssociate Director for the Minor in Biomedical Research
Amy FluittLecturer for Minor in Biomedical Research
Kirsten TurloLecturer for Minor in Biomedical Research