Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology Program

CMDB 2014

CMDB at the 2013 Sackler Relays

The Graduate Program in Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology (CMDB) is strongly committed to educating outstanding scientists and physician-scientists who will pursue biomedical research careers in both academic settings and in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry. Our program’s focus is on basic biological processes and their relationship to the molecular and cellular basis of human disease. We provide opportunities for dissecting the pathways governing disease processes.

Strongly centered on the Boston campus, students who join the CMDB Program receive training from faculty in 14 different departments, four schools, and three hospitals within the Tufts University constellation of institutions, highlighting the interdisciplinary and translational nature of the research. Students and faculty apply cutting-edge methods in cell and molecular biology, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and bioinformatics to understanding the pathogenesis of disease. We use mouse, zebra fish, and drosophila models to explore the molecular mechanisms underlying developmental defects, and to understand how disease often recapitulates development. Our faculty seek to develop new gene, protein, or stem-cell based therapies for important human diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, neurological disease, birth defects, reproductive disorders, and musculoskeletal diseases.

To further emphasize the importance of cross-discipline approaches to understanding the pathobiology of disease, the CMDB Program encourages co-mentoring of students by two different faculty members, who then bring their combined strengths to bear while guiding the student through the dissertation research. 

CMDB Program Student Guide download pdf

Contact Information









John Castellot, PhD
Program Director

Administrative Office
Jaharis 512
Phone: 617-636-6836
Fax: 617-636-2990

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