Molecular Genetics & Development Biology

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The Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology (MGDB) graduate program provides an exceptionally exciting and vigorous academic environment for highly motivated and qualified students to prepare for a rewarding career in biomedical research. The members of the faculty have a wide diversity of interests and are pursuing research projects that address fundamental, contemporary issues in biology and medicine. We are also committed to postgraduate education and share as a major objective the integration of students into the most important aspects of our investigative work. The MGDB program brings together faculty in both basic and applied sciences, including researchers from the School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Magee-Womens Research Institute and Biological Sciences. MGDB research is at the cutting edge of many emerging fields, including developmental and reproductive biology, stem cell biology, proteomics, computational biology and genomics. Our work has direct relevance to acute injury, congenital disorders, cancer, diabetes, muscular dystrophy and other genetic diseases.

Research

The faculty members in the MGDB program have diverse research interests that address fundamental and critical biomedical questions ranging from fundamental mechanisms to translational solutions. Faculty research interests can be broadly divided into three major areas:

Developmental and Reproductive Biology
Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Molecular Genetics