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Developmental School

Written by Cara J. Hayden

Tiny embryos live in hundreds of trays at laboratories operated by the School of Medicine. As the animal embryos grow, scientists from across the school’s departments spend their days examining them. Although the scientists might be based in the neurobiology, immunology, or pediatric departments, they’re collectively known as developmental biologists because they study how animals develop. Soon, many of them will be working together in their own department—the newly established Department of Developmental Biology. The founding chair is Cecilia Lo, a top researcher recruited from the National Institutes of Health who studies congenital heart defects in embryonic mice.