Developmental Biology Research Cluster

Multicellular organisms form their bodies anew each generation from a single cell. This amazing process is studied at the University of Maryland, College Park by over 20 faculty housed in several departments. Their work collectively addresses fundamental questions in developmental biology, such as how genes and their products regulate formation of anatomical features, post-embryonic development and regeneration, the role of experience in shaping the nervous system, and how novel adaptations evolve through the modification of development. 

Research Cluster Faculty

Invertebrates

Alexa Bely (BIOL)
Eric Haag (BIOL)
William Jeffery (BIOL)
Chi-Hon Lee (NIH-NICHD)
Leslie Pick (ENTM)
Sougata Roy (CBMG)
Jian Wang (ENTM)

Plants

Caren Chang (CBMG)
Todd Cooke (CBMG)
José Feijo (CBMG)
Zhongchi Liu (CBMG)
Steve Mount (CBMG)
Steven Wolniak (CBMG)
 

Neural Development

Karen Carleton (BIOL)
Patrick Kanold (BIOL)
Matthew Kelley (NIH-NIDCD)
Chi-Hon Lee (NIH-NICHD)
Elizabeth Quinlan (BIOL)
Lisa Taneyhill (ANSC)
Jian Wang (ENTM)

Evolutionary
Developmental Biology


Alexa Bely (BIOL)
Karen Carleton (BIOL)
Heidi Fisher (BIOL)
Eric Haag (BIOL)
William Jeffery (BIOL)
Tom Kocher (BIOL)
Leslie Pick (ENTM)

Pristina leidyi regeneration (top) & fission (bottom).  Image courtesy of Dr. Alexa Bely.

Pristina leidyi regeneration (top) & fission (bottom).  Image courtesy of Dr. Alexa Bely.

Events

  • Devo Club: An interdepartmental joint group meeting for UMD labs that study animal development and its evolution.  Fall 2016 Schedule.
  • FaCTs (not facts): Faculty Chalk Talks in Genetics, Cell and Developmental Biology.  Meets twice each month.  Sign up to talk here.
Migratory neural crest cells undergo EMT.  Photo courtesy of Dr. Lisa Taneyhill

Migratory neural crest cells undergo EMT.  Photo courtesy of Dr. Lisa Taneyhill

News

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Image courtesy of Dr. Heidi Fisher.  

Image courtesy of Dr. Heidi Fisher.
 

Student Profiles

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