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The Department of Cell and Developmental Biology is committed to fostering an environment that embraces the diversity of our members and provides equitable access to people of different races, ethnicities, genders, ages, sexual orientations, physical and neurocognitive abilities, and religions. An Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee, consisting of members of Department Faculty, Postdoctoral Fellows, Graduate Students, and Staff, is guiding our efforts to understand and address the interpersonal and structural biases within our Department, and to proactively remove barriers and create educational and professional opportunities for people underrepresented in science. We encourage you to read about the EDI Committee’s mission, and to learn more about its members and activities.

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Upcoming Events

CDB Chalk Talk: Granato Lab

JMB Reunion Auditorium
12:00pm – 1:00pm
April 25
Open to PSOM Community || JMB Reunion Auditorium
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Mary Gehring

BRB Auditorium
12:00pm – 1:00pm
April 29
Distinguished Seminar Series || MIT || EPI Seminar || "Epigenetic Resolution of Parental Conflict in Seeds"
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CDB Faculty Talk: Andrey Poleshko

Smilow 11-146
12:00pm – 1:00pm
May 2
Open to CDB primary, secondary, and adjunct faculty || Smilow 11-146
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Ting Wu

BRB Auditorium
12:00pm – 1:00pm
May 6
Distinguished Seminar Series || Harvard University || EPI Seminar
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CDB Retreat

All Day
May 9

Selected Publications

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How Epigenetics Could Turn Things Around For Alzheimer’s Disease

How Epigenetics Could Turn Things Around For Alzheimer’s Disease

Shelly Berger is studying how genes are turned on and off in the brain, and how different patterns of gene activation could be related to Alzheimer’s disease.

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Penn researchers uncover epigenetic drivers for Alzheimer’s disease

Penn researchers uncover epigenetic drivers for Alzheimer’s disease

Research led by by Raffaella Nativio, former research associate in the Berger Lab, Shelley Berger, Daniel S Och Professor and director of the Epigenetics Institute,

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Pregnancy Complications in Assisted Reproduction Linked to a Specific Process

Pregnancy Complications in Assisted Reproduction Linked to a Specific Process

An experimental study from researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania links a specific procedure – embryo culture – that is part of the assisted reproduction process (ART) to placental abnormalities,

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New Liver Cancer Research Targets Non-Cancer Cells to Blunt Tumor Growth

New Liver Cancer Research Targets Non-Cancer Cells to Blunt Tumor Growth

“Senotherapy,” a treatment that uses small molecule drugs to target “senescent” cells, or those cells that no longer undergo cell division,

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How “Pioneer” Protein Turns Stem Cells into Organs

How “Pioneer” Protein Turns Stem Cells into Organs

Penn study uncovers key mechanisms behind embryonic development, moving the regenerative medicine field closer to developing cell therapies. You can find the Penn Medicine News Release here

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Researchers identify method to slow down cancer cells efforts to multiply

Researchers identify method to slow down cancer cells efforts to multiply

A study from Celeste Simon’s lab finds that turning on a key metabolic process could make sarcoma more susceptible to treatment.

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