About the Program

Duke’s graduate training program in Developmental and Stem Cell Biology (DSCB) is the culmination of a long tradition of excellence in training developmental biologists at the University. Recent technological and conceptual advances have ushered in an era of unprecedented opportunities to penetrate key mechanisms of embryogenesis, stem cell biology, regeneration and other developmental phenomena. The DSCB Program is central to this research enterprise at Duke, and provides a superb training environment.

The Program is a broad, interdepartmental consortium of students and faculty doing developmental stem cell, and regenerative biology research at the molecular, cellular, genetic, evolutionary, and systems levels. Each of the commonly used animal models is investigated, as well as plant developmental models. Researchers from the departments of Biochemistry, Immunology, Neurobiology, Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, Pediatrics, Surgery, Biology, Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics and Microbiology participate. Currently the Program has more than 50 faculty and 40 doctoral students. We are a young faculty; more than 70% of the DSCB faculty arrived at Duke in the past 10 years, reflecting the explosive surge in interest in this area of biological science.

With our established strength and the continuing influx of new faculty talent, the Program has attracted top students from around the US and the world. Financial support is through NIH funding as well as other sources. In addition to lab, departmental and Program resources, students can draw on strengths integrated across the University. These include the The Center for Systems Biology, The Stem Cell Program, the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center, and many technical core facilities.