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Departmental faculty and research groups integrate with strong interdisciplinary programs in cell biology, developmental biology, stem cell biology, neuroscience, molecular biology and molecular structure, and research related to human disease. A large number of university core facilities provide technical support for this research.

Our various research projects involve laboratory training that gives young scientists an opportunity to learn and apply a broad range of technical and analytical skills as they develop towards scientific independence. The faculty and students in the CDB laboratories utilize a broad range of experimental systems including mammalian cell and tissue culture, as well as intact organisms including mice, rats, ground squirrels, zebrafish, flies, worms and fungi, with the goal of applying fundamental discoveries from these systems to complex problems of human disease.