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Developmental Biology Interest Group

Recent studies in developmental biology have been at the leading edge of modern biological research. Through combined genetic, genomic and molecular approaches, studies of bacteria, yeast, C. elegans, Drosophila, mammals, Xenopus, chick and zebrafish have provided a strong foundation for understanding the common developmental pathways shared by all higher organisms. Similarly, genetic studies of Arabidopsis have provided remarkable new insights into the regulation of plant development, providing unexpected parallels with animal systems. At the University of Utah, we have leading researchers working in all of these areas of developmental biology. These scientists are brought together by the Developmental Biology Interest Group (DBIG).

Developmental Biology Training Grant

Some students and postdocs within the DBIG are supported by the Developmental Biology Training Grant (DBTG). A description of the activities and requirements for trainees on the DBTG is listed there.


Developmental Biology Interests

  • Establishing Cell Fates
  • Cell Shape, Migration, and Morphogenesis
  • Post-Embryonic Life: Organisms in their Environment
  • Human Diseases


Faculty/Laboratory Participants

Faculty members of th e Developmental Biology Interest Group are located throughout the campus:  Each member of the MBP is affiliated with a University of Utah department, and these departments occupy space in several buildings on campus: School of Biological Sciences - Life Science, South Biology, and Aline W. Skaggs Buildings; Biochemistry - Medical Center and Emma Eccles Jones Building; Human Genetics - Eccles Institute of Human Genetics;Neurobiology & Anatomy - Wintrobe Building; Oncological Sciences - Medical Center and Huntsman Cancer Institute; Microbiology & Immunology Division - Medical Center and the Emma Eccles Jones Building.

Use this map, to see where these departments are located.


Last Updated: 5/5/21