Cell & Developmental Biology

What is Cell and Development Biology?

Modern cell and developmental biology brings together a diverse group of disciplines and technologies linked by the common goals of understanding the nature and behavior of cells and how these cells work together to assemble an organism. This is a relatively new discipline that has emerged from studies in physiology and biochemistry. Some of the research directions include the role that one particular molecule plays within cells, the way in which molecules assemble into structures such as chromosomes or nuclei, and how groups of cells interact to form systems of greater complexity, such as occurs with the progression of a fertilized egg through developmental stages to become an adult organism. The range of instruments and methods employed by cell and developmental biologists is equally diverse and includes recombinant DNA technology, biochemistry, cell culture, genetics, and light and electron microscopy.

The major exposes students to sophisticated techniques and equipment that emphasize the experimental nature of cell and developmental biology. The major emphasizes “hands-on” experience, and laboratory and field work to augment the classroom experience. Independent research is encourage

d and undergraduates are invited to participate in ongoing research seminars. UCSB’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities office (URCA) sponsors a variety of fellowships and awards that fund undergraduate research projects.

 

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