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Developmental Biology Faculty and Staff

Welcome to Developmental Biology

The Section of Developmental Biology provides insight into the underlying causes of human birth defects and diseases through basic scientific research.

Lee Niswander, PhD, moved from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City to head the new Section in 2004. Along with Dr. Lee Niswander, the Section includes the research group of Bruce Appel, PhD. Dr. Appel moved from Vanderbilt University in 2008, and he is the recipient of the newly endowed Dianne G. Wallach Chair in Pediatric Stem Cell Biology.

The current emphasis is on understanding the normal developmental processes that regulate the formation of the central and peripheral nervous systems, the limb and lung. Moreover, these researchers are creating mouse and zebrafish models of genetic defects to determine why these developmental processes go awry in children born with birth defects (such as spina bifida) or who later develop neuromuscular defects.

Children’s Hospital Colorado Research Institute and the Gates Frontier Fund have helped to launch and establish the Section of Developmental Biology.

Contact Us

Please direct your questions or requests for additional information about the Section of Developmental Biology to:

Claire Tsai
Laboratory Manager,
Lee Niswander Lab
Developmental Biology
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus
RC1 South, Room L18-12105
Mailstop 8133
12801 E. 17th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045
Tel:  303-724-3791