Faculty & Research
Development Research

Development

Development Research

With a long tradition at Princeton, Developmental Biology unites research groups from the Departments of Molecular Biology, Engineering, and Physics and the Neuroscience Institute that share a common interest in deciphering mechanisms of animal development. We combine genetic, biochemical, cell biological, and computational approaches with sophisticated imaging and molecular technologies to investigate fundamental processes such as egg formation, embryonic patterning, cellular differentiation, morphogenesis, and aging. Our research takes advantage of model organisms, including flies, worms, fish, and mice to identify molecules that control development and to investigate their roles in disease. Students will find varied course offerings and diverse research opportunities that together provide rigorous yet personalized training in a collaborative environment.

Faculty in Development Research

Lisa Boulanger

Lisa M.
Boulanger

Assistant Professor

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Phone (609) 258-4897

Research: Immune proteins in the formation, function, and modification of neuronal connectivity

Areas of Research: Biochemistry, Biophysics, Cell Biology, Development, Neuroscience

Boulanger
Research Lab

locationLewis Thomas Lab, 123
Lab Phone Lab (609) 258-4724


Brangwynne

Clifford P.
Brangwynne

Chemical and Biological Engineering

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Phone (609) 258-4528

Research: Biophysical approaches to understanding growth of RNA/protein assemblies, cells, and tissues.

Areas of Research: Biophysics, Cell Biology, Computation & Modeling, Development

Brangwynne
Research Lab

locationEngineering Quad, A313
Phone Lab (609) 258-4528


Rebecca Burdine

Rebecca D.
Burdine

ASSOCIATE Professor

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Phone (609) 258-7515

Research: Left-right patterning in the vertebrate embryo

Areas of Research: Cell Biology, Development, Genetics

Burdine
Research Lab

locationMoffett Lab, 433
phone Lab (609) 258-5782


Danelle Devenport

Danelle
Devenport

Assistant Professor

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Phone (609) 258-7524

Research: The cell biology of tissue polarity and epithelial patterning

Areas of Research: Cell Biology, Development, Genetics, Cancer

Devenport
Research Lab

locationLewis Thomas Lab, 247
phone Lab (609) 258-7534


Elizabeth Gavis

Elizabeth R. Gavis

Professor

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Phone(609) 258-3857

Research: RNA localization and translational regulation during development in Drosophila

Areas of Research: Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Development, Genetics

Gavis
Research Lab

locationSchultz Lab, 416
Phone Lab (609) 258-1770


Zemer Gitai

Zemer
Gitai

associate Professor

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Phone (609) 258-9420

Research: Bacterial cell biology: fundamentals of cytoskeletal dynamics, polarity, and mitosis

Areas of Research: Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Development, Genetics, Microbiology & Virology

Gitai
Research Lab

locationLewis Thomas Lab, 353
Phone Lab (609) 258-9420


Thomas Gregor

Thomas
Gregor

Physics

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Phone (609) 258-4335

Research: Quantitative approaches to systems and developmental biology

Areas of Research: Biophysics, Computation & Modeling, Development, Genetics

Gregor
Research Lab

location120 Jadwin Hall
Phone Lab (609) 258-0105


Yibin Kang

Yibin
Kang

Warner-Lambert Parke-Davis Professor of Molecular Biology

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Phone (609) 258-8834

Research: Molecular mechanisms of cancer metastasis

Areas of Research: Biochemistry, Cancer, Cell Biology, Development, Genetics, Genomics

Kang
Research Lab

locationLewis Thomas Lab, 255
Phone Lab (609) 258-9120


Jason Lieb

Jason
Lieb

Professor

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Phone (609) 258-3839

Research:  High-throughput approaches to understanding genome function

Areas of Research:  Genomics, Genetics, Computational Biology, Development

Lieb
Research Lab

locationCarl Icahn Lab, 144
phone Lab (609) 258-3839


Coleen Murphy

Coleen T.
Murphy

ASSOCIATE Professor

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Phone (609) 258-9396

Research: Molecular mechanisms of aging

Areas of Research: Biochemistry,
Computation & Modeling, Development,
Genetics, Genomics

Murphy
Research Lab

locationCarl Icahn Lab, 148
Phone Lab (609) 258-9396


Mala Murthy

Mala
Murthy

Assistant Professor

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Phone (609) 258-9820

Research: Olfactory and Auditory Perception in Drosophila

Areas of Research: Biochemistry,
Computation & Modeling, Development,
Genetics, Neuroscience

Murthy
Research Lab

locationPrinceton Neuroscience Institute, A53
Phone Lab (609) 258-2156


Celeste Nelson

Celeste M.
Nelson

Chemical and Biological Engineering

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Phone (609) 258-8851

Research: Development of three-dimensional tissues

Areas of Research: Biophysics, Cancer,
Cell Biology, Computation & Modeling ,
Development

Nelson
Research Lab

locationEngineering Quadrangle, A321
Phone Lab (609) 258-8222


Paul Schedl

Paul
Schedl

Professor

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Phone (609) 258-4979

Research: Control of gene expression and early development in Drosophila melanogaster

Areas of Research: Cell Biology, Development, Genetics

Schedl
Research Lab

locationGuyot, 9
Phone Lab (609) 258-5003


Gertrude Schupbach

Gertrud M. Schüpbach

Henry Fairfield Osborn Professor

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Phone (609) 258-1365

Research: Genetic and molecular analysis of oogenesis in Drosophila melanogaster

Areas of Research: Cancer, Cell Biology
Development, Genetics, Genomics

Schüpbach
Research Lab

locationMoffet Lab, 428
Phone Lab (609) 258-6492


Jean E. Schwarzbauer

Jean E. Schwarzbauer

Professor,
ASSOCIATE CHAIR 

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Phone (609) 258-2893

Research: Extracellular matrix regulation of cell functions

Areas of Research: Biochemistry, Cancer, Cell Biology, Development, Genetics

Schwarzbauer
Research Lab

locationSchultz Lab, 315
Phone Lab (609) 258-2915


Stas Shvartsman

Stanislav Y. Shvartsman

Chemical and Biological Engineering

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Phone (609) 258-7071

Research: Dynamics of living tissues

Areas of Research: Computation & Modeling, Development, Genetics, Genomics

Shvartsman
Research Lab

locationCarl Icahn Lab, 248
Phone Lab (609) 258-7071


Shirley M. Tilghman

Shirley M.
Tilghman

president emerita/professor of molecular biology

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Phone (609) 258-3930

Research: Mammalian developmental biology and science policy

Areas of Research: Biophysics, Genetics, Development, Policy

 location Carl Icahn Lab, 240


Samuel Wang

Samuel S.
Wang

Associate Professor

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Phone (609) 258-0388

Research: Information processing and learning in mammalian brains

Areas of Research: Biophysics, Chemical Biology, Computation & Modeling, Development, Evolution, Genetics, Neuroscience, Policy, Structural Biology

Wang
Research Lab

locationPrinceton Neuroscience Institute, A85
Phone Lab (609) 258-0374


Eric Wieschaus

Eric F.
Wieschaus

Squibb Professor

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Phone (609) 258-5383

Research: Embryonic development of Drosophila melanogaster

Areas of Research: Cell Biology,
Computation & Modeling, Development,
Genetics

Wieschaus
Research Lab

locationMoffet Lab, 435
Phone Lab (609) 258-5401

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