Monday, 19th March 2018


The formation of an adult organism is the result of the progressive and spatio-temporally controlled specification of groups of cells, which simultaneously undergo cell divisions and movements under the tight control of networks of intra-cellular signalling pathways and transcription factors. Understanding these events is of fundamental importance to unravel the basis of many human diseases and normal aging and to design strategies for tissue repair or regeneration. Our department gathers research groups interested in uncovering the cellular and molecular basis of different aspects of embryonic development and its implications in human health by using a variety of model systems, including snail, Drosophila, teleost fishes, chicken and mouse.

Our department comprises a total of seven teen staff scientists and two emeritus professors, grouped in twelve research teams. There are also four tenure-track researchers with independent projects. Our department research activities are structured around four major and highly interactive lines: a) Genetic and epigenetic control of developmental gene expression; b) Morphogenesis and cell-to-cell communication; c) Organ formation and regeneration; d) Understanding pathological processes through development.

Our department maintains active and fruitful collaborations with other national and international centers. Research activities in our department are supported by common technological platforms and facilities. Besides contributing to the Center Seminar Series, our department organizes weekly meetings, where student and postdocs have the opportunity to discuss their recent results and a bi-monthly seminar series, "New Frontiers in Developmental Biology", designed as a forum to debate current trends in the field. Members of our department also help to coordinate a discussion group to foster the exchange of ideas and collaborations among scientists in the Madrid area interested in keeping up with new technologies and achievements related to the zebrafish as a model system.