The Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Training Program at Duke University is one of the nation’s premier programs for doctoral studies in the broad field of Developmental Biology. Begun in 2000 as the Developmental Biology Training Program, the program now includes approximately fifty faculty members from various departments, working with forty graduate students with diverse interests. In 2008, the program’s name was changed to reflect the rapid expansion of basic and translational projects in Stem Cell Biology at Duke over the past few years.
The DSCB Training Program offers students a portal into the converging fields of Developmental Genetics, Mechanisms of Development, Stem Cells and Regeneration, and Evolution and Development. Because the knowledge and training required to conduct cutting-edge research in these fields is overlapping, students will develop an understanding of each through their studies, along with a strong grounding in molecular cell biology and genetics. Ultimately our students focus their skills on a project of their own interest in one of the many affiliated labs on campus.