Departmental faculty and research groups integrate with strong interdisciplinary programs in Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Stem Cell Biology, Neuroscience, Molecular Biology and Structure, and research related to human disease.

Our various research projects involve laboratory training that gives young scientists an opportunity to learn and apply a broad range of technical and analytical skills as they develop towards scientific independence. The faculty and students in the CDB laboratories utilize a broad range of experimental systems including mammalian cell and tissue culture, as well as intact organisms including mice, rats, ground squirrels, zebrafish, flies, worms, and fungi, with the goal of applying fundamental discoveries from these systems to complex problems of human disease.

Linda Barlow, PhD

Barlow, Linda (Ph.D.)


Development and Regeneration of the Taste System

John Caldwell, PhD

Caldwell, John (Ph.D.)


Functional Regulation of Ion Channels in Plasma Membranes and Golgi Membranes using Electrophysiology and Molecular Biology

Tom Evans, PhD

Evans, Tom (Ph.D.)

Associate Professor

Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Early Embryonic Development in C. Elegans using Genetic and Biochemical Approaches

Tom Finger, PhD

Finger, Tom (Ph.D.)


Development and Organization in Taste and Smell

Ethan Hughes, PhD

Hughes, Ethan (Ph.D.)

Assistant Professor

Oligodendrocytes and their Precursors in the Adult Central Nervous System

Lisa M. J. Lee, PhD

Lee, Lisa M.J. (Ph.D.)

Associate Professor

Developing Innovative, Cutting-Edge Virtual Educational Resources and Effective Pedagogies for the Health Science Professionals and Students

Chelsea Lohman Bonfiglio, PhD

Lohman, Chelsea (Ph.D.)

Assistant Professor

Clinical Neurodynamics, Anatomic Variants, Anatomic Education, Clinical Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, 3D Printing as it relates to Anatomic Education, and Anatomical Terminology

Wendy Macklin, PhD

Macklin, Wendy (Ph.D.)

Professor & Chair

Oligodendrocyte Differentiation and Myelination in the Central Nervous System

Michael McMurray, PhD

McMurray, Michael (Ph.D.)

Associate Professor

Mechanisms of Assembly and Inheritance of Dynamic Macromolecular Structures: Higher-order Septin Assemblies in Budding Yeast; Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Yeast Gametogenesis

Jeffrey K. Moore, PhD

Moore, Jeffrey K. (Ph.D.)

Associate Professor

Molecular Regulation of the Microtubule Network in Cell Division and Disease


Morse, Paul E. (Ph.D.)

Assistant Professor

Paleoanthropology; Early primate evolution; Primate functional morphology; Dental topographic analysis; Primate dietary ecology; Mammals of the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum; Primate origins

Jessica Nelson, PhD

Nelson, Jessica (Ph.D.)

Assistant Professor

Molecular, Cellular, and Circuit Mechanisms of Behavioral Plasticity

Caley Orr, PhD

Orr, Caley (Ph.D.)

Associate Professor

Paleoanthropology, Evolution of Hominin Bipedality, Adaptation to Manual Manipulation and Tool Behaviors, Primate Functional Morphology (focus on hands and feet), Biomechanics, 3D Morphometrics, Biomedical Imaging and Computer Modeling for Virtual Human and Comparative Anatomy

Chad Pearson, PhD

Pearson, Chad (Ph.D.)


Molecular Basis of Centriole Biogenesis and Stabilization for Centrosomes and Cilia

Rytis Prekeris, PhD

Prekeris, Rytis (Ph.D.)


The Role of Cell Polarity During Cell Division, Epithelial Tissue Morphogenesis and Cancer Cell Metastasis

Diego Restrepo, PhD

Restrepo, Diego (Ph.D.)


Olfactory Signal Transduction and Olfactory Sensory Coding Using Electrophysiological, Morphological, and Molecular Techniques

Danielle Royer, PhD

Royer, Danielle (Ph.D.)

Associate Professor

Developing Innovative, Cutting-edge Virtual Educational Resources and Effective Pedagogies for the Health Science Professionals and Students

Ernesto Salcedo Cell and Developmental Biology

Salcedo, Ernesto (Ph.D.)

Assistant Professor

Developing innovative computational and qualitative curriculum and educational resources for the Modern Human Anatomy and Neuroscience graduate students. Image processing and 3D modeling techniques in sensory neuroscience. 

Vic Spitzer, PhD

Spitzer, Vic (Ph.D.)


Human Anatomy and Computed 3D Imaging

Maureen Stabio, PhD

Stabio, Maureen (Ph.D.)

Associate Professor

Development of MRI-based Anatomical Models for Neuroscience Education; Structure and Function of Retinal Ganglion Cells in Mouse Retina

Appel, Bruce

Professor | Pediatrics Developmental Biology

Identify Genes that are Targets for Therapies to treat Developmental, Degenerative, and Cancerous Diseases of the Nervous System

Bookstein, Nancey Johnson (Ph.D.)

Associate Professor | Physical Therapy

Clouthier, David (Ph.D.)

Professor | Craniofacial Biology

Signaling Pathways Regulating Craniofacial and Cardiovascular Development

Greany, Thomas (Ph.D.)

Assistant Professor | Department of Restorative Dentistry

Application of Modern Imaging Analysis Techniques for Virtual Teaching and Assessment in Oral Health & Medicine; Intraoral Monitoring, Cone Beam CT Applications, Digital Surface Scanning & Analysis, 3D Modeling and Analysis Systems, Haptics Training Units, Data Mining and Interdisciplinary Collaboration across Dentistry, Medicine, and Engineering

Hellier, Jennifer (Ph.D.)

Assistant Professor | Department of Family Medicine

Sue Kinnamon (Ph.D.)

Professor | Otolaryngology

Koch, Peter (Ph.D.)

Professor | Dermatology

Investigating the Roles of Cell Adhesion Molecules in Cell Signaling, Tissue, and Organ Formation and Diseases

Law, Amanda J. (Ph.D.)

Professor | Psychiatry
(Dr. Nancy L. Gary Endowed Chair)

Genetic and Molecular Mechanisms of Neurodevelopmental and Psychiatric Disorders

Niswander, Lee (Ph.D.)

Professor & Chair | Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (CU Boulder)

Genetic and Cellular Mechanisms that Control Embryonic Development

Pascoe, Mike (Ph.D.)

Assistant Professor | Physical Therapy

Payne, Karin (Ph.D.)

Assistant Professor | Charles C. Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Biology

Reis, Tania (Ph.D.)

Assistant Professor | Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes

The Genetic Basis of Obesity and Neuronal Control of Energy Balance in Drosophila Melanogaster

Reyland, Mary (Ph.D.)

Professor | Craniofacial Biology

Role of Protein Kinase C Signaling in Programmed Cell Death

Reynolds, Susan (Ph.D.)

Associate Professor | National Jewish Health

Asthma, Cellular & Molecular Biology, COPD/Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease/Emphysema

Siegenthaler, Julie (Ph.D.)

Assistant Professor | Pediatrics

Vladar, Eszter (Ph.D.)

Assistant Professor | Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine

How the Multiciliated Cells of the Airway Epithelium Differentiate During Development and Regeneration, and how Ciliary Defects Contribute to Respiratory Disease

Williams, Trevor (Ph.D.)

Associate Professor | Craniofacial Biology

Transcriptional Control of Mouse Development and Stem Cell Function

Briauna Johnson Modern Human Anatomy

Johnson, Briauna
Senior Instructor | Modern Human Anatomy


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