The broad field of Developmental Biology is highly interdisciplinary with presence in all basic medical science areas as well as in animal and plant biology. Our goal in teaching developmental biology at Caltech is to conduct a predoctoral training program that prepares young scientists for successful careers in systems level developmental cell biology. In recognition of that fact, we aim to provide students with a breadth in developmental and stem cell biology, and strong depth in their choice of specialized area. These areas range from basic science to biochemical, biophysical, genetic, and quantitative approaches to directed research in a variety of developmental systems. Our students receive training in well-known model organisms (mouse, chick, zebrafish, Xenopus, Drosophila, nematode, sea urchin, Arabidopsis) as well as unusual organisms like jellyfish and lamprey. Students begin by acquiring core knowledge of developmental, molecular, genomics and systems biology. They then progress to training in advanced areas where they use the tools and concepts of developmental biology to address an important research question. Throughout their training, students frequently come together as a group to exchange ideas, listen to lectures, practice talks, attend seminars, and learn from one another. Along with the faculty who support them, they are united by a common interest in learning how an embryo is built. We are deeply committed to training outstanding researchers in systems developmental biology, who are well prepared to tackle the exciting challenges that await them.
- Bi 117. Developmental Biology
- Bi 118. Morphogenesis of Developmental Systems
- Bi/BE 182. Gene Regulation Systems and the Control of Embryonic Development
- Bi 214. Stem Cells and Hematopoiesis
Application for the Biology PhD Option and any of the tracks is through the Caltech Graduate Studies Office.