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Genetics, Cell Biology and Development

Students majoring in genetics, cell biology and development learn about the genetic and cellular basis of life, and about how a fertilized egg develops into a complete organism. 


Genetics, cell biology, and development (GCD) focuses on the mechanisms by which genetic information is used to specify cell structure and function, and how that information drives cellular interactions that convert a single cell to develop into a complete organism. GCD students learn about advances in the field by studying model organisms like plants, fruit flies, zebrafish, and mice.

Disciplines within genetics, cell biology and development

Genetics  Fundamental genetic mechanisms such as DNA and chromosome replication, DNA repair, recombination, and transposition; Gene expression and the many factors and circumstances that regulate it; Genomics--the analysis of whole genomes from both structural and functional viewpoints; Human genetics and genetic counseling.

Cell Biology  Interactions between cells, properties of cell membranes, molecular transport into and within cells, cell signaling processes; Control of the cell cycle, regulation of cell division; Cell structure and function, organelles, components of the cytoskeleton, cell motility.

Developmental Biology  Developmental mechanisms, specification of cell fates; Cellular differentiation, formation of tissues and organs.

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Director of Undergraduate Studies: Dr. Robert Brooker | 612-624-3053|

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