2017 June Symposium – Lab Grown Human Organs

Organized by students in the Developmental Biology Program, the symposium FOCUSED on recent advances in organoid tissue culture systems to model human disease. Registration...

Organogenesis & regeneration

The Stankunas laboratory investigates fundamental questions of how genes and proteins regulate organ development and regeneration. We study how cell signals interface with chromatin...

Evolution of larval development

Research in Maslakova lab at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology focuses on the evolution of embryonic and larval development in the understudied phylum...

Teleost development & evolution

The Cresko and Postlethwait labs are studying the evolution of duplicated genes and genomes, and their relationship to organismal diversity. Half of all vertebrate...

C. elegans cell division

The Bowerman lab uses genetics, molecular biology, and microscopy to study cytoskeletal regulation and function in the early Caenorhabditis elegans embryo. Many of the early...

Host-microbe interactions & organ development

All animals exist in intimate associations with communities of microorganisms that play important roles in the hosts’ normal development and physiology, and under certain...

Zebrafish bone development

How do the elements of the craniofacial skeleton arise, grow, and reshape? Zebrafish, with a sophisticated knowledge of its genetics and genomics, with favorable...

Drosophila neurogenesis

Drosophila neural stem cells (called neuroblasts) divide asymmetrically to generate neurons while maintaining their undifferentiated state, and thus they can be used as a...

Training Faculty

The 21 training faculty are appointed in one of two Departments (Biology or Chemistry & Biochemistry) and one of four Institutes (Institute of Molecular Biology, Institute of Neuroscience, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology). The Institutes provide an interactive environment; they bring together researchers with common interests, run graduate programs, provide administrative support, and host annual retreats. Trainees are exposed to research in all the Institutes due to a rich tradition of collaboration, common training activities, the close proximity of most labs, and shared facilities. As such, the program fosters interdisciplinary training that bridges genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, computational biology, neuroscience, and evolutionary biology. This breadth complements the focused project-oriented training the students receive in their host labs, producing creative developmental biologists empowered to become leaders of their own research programs.

Kryn Stankunas directs the overall training program with Chris Doe, who is the program director of the NIH training grant. Bruce Bowerman currently serves as the third advisory committee member.

Training Faculty Institute Department Research Areas
Bruce Bowerman IMB Biology 2, 3
Bill Cresko IEE Biology 2, 4
Chris Doe ION, IMB Biology 1, 2, 3, 5
Judith Eisen ION Biology 1, 2, 3, 4
Karen Guillemin IMB Biology 2, 3, 5
Tory Herman IMB Biology 1, 2, 3
Eric Johnson IMB Biology 2
Charles Kimmel ION Biology 1, 2, 4
Diana Libuda IMB Biology 2, 3
Shawn Lockery ION Biology 1
Svetlana Maslakova OIMB Biology 3, 4
Adam Miller ION Biology 1, 2, 3
Cris Niell ION Biology 1, 5
Patrick Phillips IEE Biology 4
John Postlethwait ION Biology 2, 4
Anne Powell IMB Biology 2, 3, 5
Ken Prehoda IMB Chemistry & Biochemistry 1, 3
Eric Selker IMB Biology 2
Kryn Stankunas IMB Biology 2, 5
Phil Washbourne ION Biology 1, 2, 3, 5
Monte Westerfield ION Biology 1, 2, 3, 4

(1) Developmental neurobiology
(2) Developmental genetics & gene expression
(3) Cellular dynamics of development (cell polarity / cytoskeletal regulation / protein trafficking)
(4) Evolution and development
(5) Mouse development & disease models