BCMB: Cell & Developmental BiologyOverview


The Weill Cornell Graduate School (WCGS) programs in Biochemistry & Structural Biology, Cell & Developmental Biology, and Molecular Biology are collectively known as the BCMB Allied program and operate as an alliance. Students may affiliate with any of the three BCMB programs, but they initially are admitted to, and remain members of, the BCMB Allied program.


The CDB program of study offers opportunities to develop research training in cell biology, developmental biology, genetics, and molecular biology. Members of our world-renowned faculty are engaged in cutting-edge research across a broad spectrum of interest areas and technologies.


The CDB program comprises over 50 faculty members whose research focuses on a wide range of topics related to the control of normal and malignant cell growth, differentiation, and tissue development. Purified proteins, isolated cells and tissues, and whole organisms are all being exploited as model systems, assisted by computational methods, genomics, and RNA profiling.

Common themes throughout many of the research activities include the control of gene expression, signal transduction, cell growth and apoptosis, cell polarity and migration, stem cell biology, and cell-cell interactions.


Cell biologists in the program study the dynamic regulation of intracellular trafficking, protein secretion, cell polarity, cell shape, oncogene function, and cell-matrix interactions.


Developmental biologists investigate germ cell differentiation, transcriptional repression in pattern formation, gene regulatory networks, and morphogenesis of organ systems.


Vascular biologists study molecular pathways that control cardiac development, blood vessel formation in embryonic and adult model systems, stem cell contributions to vascular development, and vascular cell signaling.

The program's neurobiologists focus on the formation of the notochord, patterning events in the developing cerebral cortex, and neuronal precursor cells.

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