• Mustafa Mir joins the CDB faculty as Assistant Professor

    Dr. Mir’s laboratory will develop and apply new imaging technologies, including light-sheet microscopy to understand and manipulate the interplay between nuclear organization, transcriptional regulation, and gene expression patterns during cell-fate determination in developing embryos. He isespecially interested in the interactions between disordered regions of proteins and their role in nuclear organization. Read his recent comments […]

    Read More
  • 2020 CDB Holiday Video

    Happy holidays from Cell and Developmental Biology! The 2020 CDB Holiday Video is available for you to view here.

    Read More
  • Nicholas Plachta appointed as William Richards Gordon President’s Distinguished Professor in Genetics

    We are delighted to announce the appointment of Nicolas Plachta, PhD, as the William Richards Gordon President’s Distinguished Professor in Genetics in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, a new professorship supported by George A. Weiss, C’65, Penn Medicine Trustee and Trustee Emeritus of the University. Please read more […]

    Read More
  • 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. Her research is highlighted in this Forbes magazine article.

    Read More
  • Keratins are asymmetrically inherited fate determinants in the mammalian embryo

    Lim HYG, Alvarez YD, Gasnier M, Wang Y, Tetlak P, Bissiere S, Wang H, Biro M, Plachta N. Keratins are asymmetrically inherited fate determinants in the mammalian embryo. Nature. 2020 Sep;585(7825):404-409. doi: 10.1038/s41586-020-2647-4. Epub 2020 Aug 26. PMID: 32848249. Please find a link to the article here.

    Read More
  • CDB Establishes Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee

    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 […]

    Read More
  • Roberto Bonasio receives the 2020 Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award

    Roberto Bonasio will be honored for his outstanding research in the field of epigenetics with the Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award. Bonasio’s studies on ants show how the epigenetic regulation of genes can influence the behavior and appearance of individuals. Connected to the prize is a research project in collaboration with […]

    Read More
  • Recipients of the 2020 CDB Research Awards: Danielle Murashige and Fuming Li, PhD

    We are delighted to announce the 2020 Research Awards winners for the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology. Danielle Murashige, a graduate student in the laboratory of Zolt Arany, is the winner of the 2020 Nachmias-Thimann Prize for her work “Comprehensive quantification of fuel use by the failing and non-failing […]

    Read More
  • 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, and Nancy Bonini, professor of Biology, suggest that late-onset Alzheimer’s Disease is driven by epigenetic changes—how and when certain genes are turned on and off—in […]

    Read More