“After going through whole rotation of PI’s, we will hand over those talks to the students and post-doc’s,” Dr. Cohn said. “It will be a forum for trainees to talk about their work and find new collaborators and get new input and new ideas.”
Later, the group will host external speakers from a variety of institutions to talk about their work and development of a number of different organ systems and organisms, discussing a wide range of problems.
In 2018 Science Magazine named research related to developmental biology as its “Breakthrough Of The Year.” The research entitled “Development cell by cell” refers to this new level of resolution for single cell analysis of gene expression, gene regulation, and organ development.
Dr. Cohn spoke about the different research tools being used in ICBR that relate to development biology and the single cell revolution.
"We have a new platform for that here in ICBR, new imaging technologies, and new ways of modeling development in living models, such as these things called organoids,” Dr. Cohn said. “This is ways of looking at development in three dimensions with single cell resolution in culture, where you can observe real time development of kidney tissues, brain tissues, pancreas tissues and so on in a dish.”
“Developmental Biology itself, resulted from the fusion of embryology (classical descriptive developmental anatomy) and molecular genetics,” Dr. Cohn said. “This fusion occurred in the 1980’s which led to an incredible renaissance in the 90’s. A time when new genes involved in the regulation of development, were being reported every week. This appears to be happening once again.”
For more information about the Developmental Biology Group contact Dr. Cohn at firstname.lastname@example.org.