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About the Genetics, Cell Biology and Development Department

The Department of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development spans a broad spectrum of biological disciplines, including the storage and expression of information (genetics), its translation into the workings of individual cells (cell biology), and the assembly of cells into tissues and organ systems (development). 

Our vision for the future of the department embraces three critical strategies: 1) integration of methods and ideas across disciplines, 2) collaborative projects that assemble the people required to achieve that integration, and 3) strategic use of model systems that provide the most powerful experimental access to important biological and medical problems. With our uniquely diverse expertise, these approaches allow us to build upon innovative basic science and to translate fundamental discoveries into direct benefits for society. (Strategies and Outcomes)

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Statement

The Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development (GCD) is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for students, staff, and faculty. Each of our core missions in research, teaching and service is strengthened by integrating a broad range of perspectives and life experiences.  We aim to welcome, support, and advance all members of the GCD community.  Towards this end, the GCD Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee will bring together members of the GCD community to promote educational events and trainings, identify key DEI issues, and develop tools and best practices to improve diversity, equity and inclusion at the department level.