Research in this area focuses on the development of the peripheral and central nervous systems and how intrinsic and extrinsic factors influence behavior. Members of the Developmental Biology division studying neurobiology interact and collaborate with faculty from several other divisions through a Developmental Neurobiology Research Group.

Kenneth Campbell, PhD , studies the molecular genetic control of mouse forebrain development with a particular focus on the generation of neuronal diversity in the ventral telencephalon.

Brian Gebelein, PhD , studies how the Hox genes specify distinct cell fates within the nervous system using the fruit fly as a model organism. His long-term goal is to use a combination of genetic and biochemical approaches to understand how Hox factors interact with neuronal transcription factors to regulate downstream target genes that pattern the nervous system and ultimately control cellular function and behavior. Visit the Gebelein lab site.

Masato Nakafuku, MD, PhD , is focused on the development and regeneration of the mammalian central nervous system (CNS). We are seeking to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying normal development of the CNS. We are also interested in applying advancement of our knowledge on neural development for developing novel therapeutic strategies to cure neurological diseases. These two research fields are directly related to each other, and neural stem cells are the key and major driving force to link both research fields. Visit the Nakafuku lab site.