About us

The research of the Developmental Biology division focuses on studying cellular processes in the context of living, developing multicellular organisms. Understanding how biological principles act at the organismal level is key to manipulating pathways to combat disease.

The division is led by Prof. Dr. Sander van den Heuvel, and is home to several research groups, each with their own research focus. The Developmental Biology research programmes are part of the IBB, and are well positioned in the UU strategic themes Life Sciences and Sustainability and the Focus Areas Energy and Resources, Cancer, and Renerative Medicine & Stem Cells.

Members of developmental biology also take part in international research initiatives, including the COST action GENiE: A collaborative European network of C. elegans early-stage researchers and young principal investigators.