Studies in development in the Division of Biological Sciences cover a range of developmental events in a variety of organisms using a wide array of cutting-edge approaches including genetics, genomics, computation, biochemistry, and advanced imaging. Research topics include hormonal and cellular signaling, pattern formation, organogenesis, and differentiation. Projects impact many aspects of human health and disease as well as issues of agricultural production and conservation. Research in this area benefits from several campus research core facilities.


Research Geneticist, Plant Genetics Research Unit, USDA-ARS

The genetic and hormonal control of plant architecture

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Molecular basis for polar growth in Agrobacterium tumefaciens

Professor of Veterinary Pathobiology

Generation and characterization of animal models to study genetics and disease

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

Mechanisms of cell-cell communication during development and tumor progression

Professor of Biological Sciences

Mechanisms regulating neuronal development and physiology in vertebrates

Professor of Biological Sciences

Signaling and activity of skeletal muscle satellite cells

Principal Investigator, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Gene regulatory mechanisms controlling plant architecture traits in cereal crops

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health

Ovarian reserve formation, maintenance, and its associated ovarian dysfunction and diseases

Professor of Radiology and Biological Sciences

The goal of the Lin Brain Lab is to develop precision health approaches to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia.

Professor of Biological Sciences

Genetic regulation of meristem function in plants

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Vertebrate musculoskeletal physiology, form, and function

Associate Professor of Ob, Gyn, and Women’s Health

Mechanisms by which maternal physiology influences development of placenta.

Professor of Biological Sciences

Meiotic silencing by unpaired DNA and sexual development in fungi