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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.

The Impact of the Infinite Frontier

Kate Adamala and Aaron Engelhart join NASA-based team with aim to better understand the impact of space travel on RNA folding and synthetic cell function.

NASA group

Aaron Engelhart (furthest right) and Kate Adamala (second right) with a few of the graduate students in their labs helping launch the NASA project. 

Worth Their Teaching Weight in Gold

CBS Student Board honors faculty making big impacts in undergraduate research and education.

The CBS Student Board hosted the annual Golden Pipette Awards March 2 at TCF Bank Stadium, honoring faculty who make major impacts on undergraduates in the college. From most engaging to best academic mentor and CBS Super Fan, the Student Board and students in the college noted some of the faculty that make a difference for them. The 2017 Golden Pipette winners are:

A Big Step Forward for Modular Molecule Making

Cell-like microfactories open new doors to manufacturing biological molecules and understanding the origins of life.

Professor Kate Adamala

Kate Adamala, an assistant professor in the college's Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development, pictured in her lab. Photo: Jonathan Pavlica