Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program

  • Gastrointestinal Development

    Researchers in this group investigate the development of/diseases effecting gastrointestinal organs such as the esophagus, intestines, liver, pancreas, and stomach.

    Basic and clinical researchers work in collaboration to elucidate disease mechanisms and identify new ways to predict disease and to stimulate regeneration of diseased tissues.


    Mitchell Cohen, MD, Professor
    Intestinal secretion; activators of intestinal guanylate cyclase [Visit the Cohen / Steinbrecher Lab]

    Stacey S. Huppert, PhD, Associate Professor
    Intercellular signaling pathways that regulate the patterning of liver architecture during development and regeneration. [Visit the Huppert Lab]

    A. P. Naren, PhD, Professor
    Macromolecular Complexes of CFTR in Cystic Fibrosis and Secretory Diarrhea [Visit Pulmonary Medicine]

    Noah Shroyer, PhD, Assistant Professor
    Molecular mechanisms of intestinal epithelial development and how these pathways are impacted during diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer [Visit Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition]

    Jim Wells, PhD, Associate Professor
    Endoderm organogenesis and promoting the differentiation of embryonic stem cells into therapeutic endoderm derivatives. [Visit the Wells Lab]

    Chunyue Yin, PhD, Assistant Professor
    The molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying liver development and disease pathogenesis using the zebrafish model organism. [Visit the Yin Lab]

    Aaron Zorn, PhD, Associate Professor
    Molecular mechanisms of endoderm organ development [Visit the Zorn Lab]

    Contact Us

    For more information about the Molecular and Developmental Biology Program at Cincinnati Children's and the University of Cincinnati, email or call 513-636-4545. You can also apply online at our application page.

  • Gastrointestinal Diseases

    Gastrointestinal Development.
    • Cancer
    • Congenital defects in digestive and respiratory systems
    • Congenital disorders of the digestive system
    • Diabetes
    • Hirschsprung disease
    • Intestinal neoplasia & metaplasia
    • Scid
    • Short-bowel syndrome

    View a complete list of the diseases that our students and faculty are fighting.