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The Developmental Biology Department investigates how cells are organized in time and space, and how multicellular organisms develop from a single cell. In this regard, the research groups of the department focus on different topics to cover the whole process, from gene expression to the generation of shape. Projects from the different labs deal with the mechanisms of regulation of gene expression, cell proliferation and differentiation, cell communication, cell rearrangements, regulation of the cytoskeleton and cell migration.

To approach all these issues the department uses different well-established model systems, from the fruit fly to vertebrates such as zebra fish, chick and mouse. From a methodological perspective, we combine molecular biology, classical genetics, cell biology, advanced microscopy, and genomic and proteomic approaches.

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