Research in the department covers the broad spectrum of development, normal processes, and death.

Developmental biologists within our group study how polarity and patterning are established in organisms. Other investigators study mechanisms of protection, repair and regeneration related to diseases of the kidney, bone/musculoskeletal system, the visual system and the central nervous system. There are numerous substantive interactions with clinicians offering myriad opportunities for translational science. A broad array of genetic, molecular, cell biological, biochemical tools are used in studies of multiple model systems. The research activities of the department are augmented by our weekly seminar series and our bi-monthly journal club. The research enterprise is supported by an imaging core facility and an electron microscopy/histology core facility which are available for use by the entire institutional research community.