Working at the interface of developmental biology, physiology, health and disease, our researchers utilize diverse disease models to understand the biology of human diseases that can impact all stages of life -- from hereditary and congenital birth defects to degenerative diseases of old age -- and develop diagnostic and therapies to treat them.
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"I want to go into a laboratory medicine career that integrates medicine, research and business. There is no way I could have imagined this path if it weren't for seeing how these elements work together in the Texas Medical Center." - Julia Wang, M.D./Ph.D. Student
Working within our research model, our interdisciplinary faculty pursues diverse areas of research. While many of these areas of focus overlap with those of other programs at BCM and elsewhere, what makes our program unique is our approach.
Our approach includes:
- Use of a wide range of animal model systems to study the biology underlying human diseases
- Studying how animals normally develop to gain unique insights into the molecular and genetic basis of congenital diseases and birth defects
- Use of stem cell technology that allows us to develop strategies for tissue regeneration and cell replacement
- Development and testing of therapeutic strategies to treat disease
Visit our Featured Faculty Research page for a few examples of how our faculty apply this model in their research.