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Developmental Biology
University of Colorado School of Medicine
RC1 North, Rm P18-4131
Mailstop 8313
12800 E. 19th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045
Phone: 303-724-4349

Children's Hospital Colorado - ​​​


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.





  • Lee Niswander, PhD, is on the board of Reviewing Editors for the on-line journal eLife.​ She is also a guest Editor for a special issue in the journal Developmental Biology"Forming and shaping the field of limb development: A tribute to Dr. John Saunders".

  • Lee Niswander, PhD, served on the NIH study section for MOSS member conflict Special Emphasis Panel on Skeletal biology and disease.

  • Julie Siegenthaler, PhD, worked on the NIH study section for Cellular and Molecular Biology of Glia​.

  • Lee Niswander, PhD serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Jackson Laboratory Knock-out Mouse Project in Bar Harbor, ME.