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Department of Biological Sciences
1W14 Jonsson-Rowland Science Center
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 Eighth Street
Troy, NY 12180-3590

Phone: (518) 276-6446
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Cell and Developmental Biology

Cell and developmental biology seeks to understand how cells work, how they coordinate their actions in tissues, and how these processes change during development from a single fertilized egg to a complex multicellular organism. These studies rely on the use of molecular biology tools and the analytical methods of genetics and biochemistry. Insights gained from basic cell and developmental biology have particularly important applications for understanding and treating cancer, a disease in which cells behave inappropriately, in part because developmental programs are wrongly activated.

At Rensselaer

Cell and developmental biology is a unique strength at the Biological Sciences department. Scientists are studying key questions in cell-cell interaction and development in a variety of model systems such as yeast, worms, flies, mice, and mammalian stem cells.

Faculty Researchers


Susan Gilbert

Lee Ligon

Patrick Maxwell

George Plopper

Biomedical Engineering

Vesna Damljanovic

Jan Stegemann

Deanna Thompson

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Department of Biological Sciences