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The Division of Genetics and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (GMCDB) supports research to understand the structure and function of cells and cellular components, and the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie inheritance, gene expression, and development. The results of this research form the foundation for advances in diagnosing, preventing, treating, and curing a wide variety of diseases. Most of the projects supported by the division make use of
research organisms, which advance the general understanding of biological processes. In most cases, research whose overall goal is to gain knowledge about a specific organ or organ system or the pathophysiology, treatment, or cure of a specific disease or condition is not supported by the GMCDB division.
Research areas NIGMS supports within this division and contact names are listed on the
Contacts by Research Area page. For a list of all GMCDB staff and links to their biographical sketches, see the
Division Staff Contacts page.
The division consists of three branches:
This branch supports studies on the molecular basis of cellular function in a wide range of cell types and research organisms. Research topics include:
This branch supports studies on the genetic and biochemical pathways that cells utilize in development and in normal physiological processes. Research topics include:
This branch supports studies on the mechanism and regulation of basic molecular processes and the interactions among these processes. Research topics include:
Along with its research and research training activities, the division supports the
NIGMS Human Genetic Cell Repository, which maintains and distributes to research scientists cell lines and DNA samples from people with and without genetic disorders.
For more information, contact:
Shawn Gaillard, Ph.D.Director, Division of Genetics and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology National Institute of General Medical Sciences National Institutes of Health 45 Center Drive MSC 6200 Bethesda, MD 20892-6200
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