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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). Here you will find a collection of news, features and opportunities for and about GCD.

Life as we don't know it

What if we could build cells from scratch to produce medicine in space and replace chemicals sourced from fossil fuels?

Kate Adamala

An astronaut battles a grueling headache. The pain reliever they brought on their mission is gone. Luckily, the ship is outfitted with an onboard mini-pharmaceutical factory powered by a synthetic cell system that can crank out a pill within a few hours.

Study indicates gut microbiome, host gene affect GI disorders

In a new study published in Nature Microbiology, researchers demonstrated the power of integrating the microbiome and host gene expression data tpo provide insights into their combined role in gastrointestinal diseases. The microbiome consists of all microbes in the gut including bacteria, fungi, and viruses. This study focused on bacteria.

Advocating for others

Callie Gustafson champions inclusive and equitable spaces for incoming and current students. 

Callie Gustafson stands outside MCB building wearing a black shirt

Callie Gustafson is in the final stretch of her Ph.D. in the lab of Laura Gammill, an associate professor in Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development (GCD).