Congenital anomalies occur in 1-2% of births and remain a major cause of morbidity and mortality for newborn infants worldwide. Understanding the processes of normal development and normal embryogenesis are critical for the prevention and treatment of congenital anomalies. Researchers in our division conduct basic science research on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of development using a variety of model systems with the goal of identifying the causes of human birth defects. Collaboration with clinical researchers has enhanced our progress in understanding the causes of complex congenital anomalies.

For further information, please visit the faculty websites listed below and the Division of Developmental Biology.

James Greenberg, MD  Lung vasculature and lymphatic development
Alan Kenny, MD, PhD  Early endodermal patterning and liver/pancreas development
Kristin Melton, MD  Neural crest biology and craniofacial development
Vivek Narendran, MD, MRCP  Innate immunity of the skin and surface antimicrobial peptides
Jeffrey Whitsett, MD  Lung epithelial patterning and development, tracheal development [Visit the Whitsett Lab.]