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Welcome to Developmental Biology

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

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.