Developmental biology aims to understand how an organism develops—how a single cell becomes an organized grouping of cells that is then programmed at specific times to become specialized for certain tasks. Genes control much of an organism’s development, but environmental stimuli also play a role, resulting in the complex “nature vs. nurture” paradigm. Intramural Research Program (IRP) investigators seek a deeper understanding of human development and the many disorders and diseases that can occur when normal development is disrupted.
Developmental biology in the IRP covers an enormous array of scientific investigation:
From the genetic basis of development and cell function to biochemical influences, developmental biology research flows through many Institutes and Centers within the IRP.