Cell & Developmental Biology


To restrict the spread of COVID-19, laboratory research at the University of Michigan has been ramped down and training is being done remotely. As of mid-June, research is in Phase 1 ramp-up. Many researchers have been able to engage in research activities in shifts to reduce exposure. The administrative team members are still working remotely and are available via email.  Please contact department leadership with any COVID-19 related concerns. We wish you and your family good health during this COVID-19 crisis.  Be well and stay safe.


The Department of Cell & Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan Medical School educates and trains undergraduate, graduate, professional, and postgraduate students in the areas of cell biology, embryology, neurobiology, organogenesis, and developmental biology. The history of the department is a fascinating one.


June 9, 2021

Congratulations to Nigel S. Michki!

Nigel (Cai Lab) successfully defended his thesis "The developmental landscape of neurogenesis in Drosophila melanogaster revealed using targeted single-cell RNA-sequencing and a multi-informatic analysis paradigm" on June 2, 2021.

Swathi Yadlapalli
June 9, 2021

Congratulations to Swathi Yadlapalli!

Swathi recently received a 2021 McKnight Scholar Award from the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neurosciences in support of her innovative research "Cellular Mechanisms Controlling Circadian Rhythms."