The Section of Developmental Biology originated in 2004 through support of Children’s Hospital Colorado Research Institute and was significantly expanded in 2008 through a gift from the Gates Frontier Fund. Grants from both public (NIH) and private foundations (Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Asthma Foundation, National Multiple Sclerosis Society) have helped to support the research programs of the faculty within the Section.
Research into birth defects and childhood diseases utilizes animal models that have been created in the Section to elucidate the molecular and cellular processes that regulate normal development. Sophisticated microscopy equipment that has been obtained by the Section provides new insight by allowing the visualization of dynamic developmental processes. Collaborations with other groups at Children's Colorado and UCSOM, as well as groups around the nation, have enhanced our ability to pinpoint mutant genes, to generate new animal models, to identify the complex group of molecules that are made in specific cells, and to screen for chemicals of potential therapeutic importance.