Graduate School of Medical Sciences
A partnership with the Sloan Kettering Institute

Training Program in Developmental and Stem Cell Biology


Mitotic bookmarking in stem cells (Bobbie Pelham-Webb)

The objective of the Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Training Program is to provide scientific and academic training to pre-doctoral individuals from diverse backgrounds to pursue investigative careers and become future leaders in the biomedical sciences. The Training program is an integral but distinct part of the Weill Cornell Graduate School (WCGS) of Medical Sciences. The program is inter-disciplinary and incorporates research programs in Developmental and Stem Cell Biology from the following six PhD programs at WCGS:

  • Cell & Developmental Biology
  • Biochemistry & Structural Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology, Biophysics & Systems Biology

The Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Training Program presently includes about 36 faculty mentors from Weill Cornell Medical College and the Sloan-Kettering Institute, with strong collective experience in academic research and the training of pre- and post-doctoral students. The research interests in the Training Program are represented by the following six areas: Developmental Genetics, Patterning of Tissues and Organs, Stems Cells, Signaling in Development, Human Development and Disease, and Systems Biology.

The program is funded by a T32 training grant T32 HD060600, now in the third funding cycle, from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). It  supports eligible pre-doctoral trainees for a period of two years. The program also features signature courses in Developmental Biology and Stem Cell Biology, a seminar series by invited speakers, student-invited visiting scientist luncheons, and research-in-progress seminars.

Program Directors:

Heidi Stuhlmann, PhD (
Cell and Developmental Biology, Weill Cornell Medicine

Zhirong Bao, PhD (
Developmental Biology Program, MSKCC


 Loss of cell-cell adhesion in Drosophila embryos lacking the protein Ajuba (Maria Bustillo)

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