Developmental and Stem Cell Biology
Developmental biology addresses a fundamental question: How do organisms develop from zygotes? As a discipline, developmental biology encompasses genetics, cell biology, physiology, and evolution. As an area of current biomedical research, it provides insights into complex processes that, when disrupted, result in disease.
One aspect of developmental biology, the specification and differentiation of distinct cell lineages, has led to the identification and isolation of embryonic, fetal, and adult stem cells. Stem cell biology, an area of intense current interest, holds great promise for the potential treatment of human disease and for understanding basic questions in development.
The goal of this training area is to produce scientists skilled in the experimental techniques of developmental and cell biology and who are committed to careers that will advance our understanding in these areas, including applications that will ultimately help alleviate human disease.
Mount Sinai's Developmental and Stem Cell Biology training area includes basic and advanced coursework, seminars, and journal clubs. Students work with faculty drawn from the entire Mount Sinai community to provide a comprehensive, multifaceted training experience. Faculty in developmental and stem cell biology include not only developmental and stem cell biologists but also cell biologists working on fundamental problems of relevance to developmental and stem cell biology.
Michael Rendl, MD is Associate Professor of Developmental and Regenerative Biology, and Associate Professor of Dermatology. His laboratory studies the formation and function of the hair follicle stem cell niche. It focuses on uncovering how specialized Dermal Papilla cells act as instructive niche for hair follicle stem cells during embryonic hair follicle formation and adult hair growth and regeneration.
Robert Krauss, PhD is Professor of Developmental and Regenerative Biology, and Professor of Oncological Sciences.