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Washington University in St. Louis - School of Medicine
Department of Developmental Biology

Model Systems

Faculty members in the Department of Developmental Biology employ several animal model systems, including fruit fly (D. melanogaster), nematode (C. elegans), zebrafish (D. rerio), and mouse (M. musculus) as well as tissue culture systems and embryonic stem cells. By combining experimental advantages of these animal and tissue culture models, along with the knowledge from human genetic and genomic studies in several Departments at WUSM, we can effectively address key questions about human development, physiology, birth defects, disease, and aging. 

Faculty News

  • Dr. Samantha Morris’s June 2017 Publication

    Engineering cell identity: establishing new gene regulatory and chromatin landscapes. Guo C, Morris SA. Curr Opin Genet Dev. 2017 Jun 28;46:50-57.

  • Dr. Doug Covey’s June 2017 Publication

    Photoaffinity labeling with cholesterol analogues precisely maps a cholesterol-binding site in voltage-dependent anion channel-1. Budelier MM, Cheng WWL, Bergdoll L, Chen ZW, Janetka JW, Abramson…

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