Welcome to the Developmental Biology Website

The purpose of the Collaborative Graduate Program in Developmental Biology is to create a community of graduate students with an interest in Developmental Biology and to provide specific courses to support and teach that community. Our aim is to train Developmental Biologists who will go on to make significant contributions to the field.

Our program represents a wide range of interests within Developmental Biology. We have scientists working with embryos during their earliest stages of development as well as a strong group of researchers looking at the development of the late term fetus. Students can be studying the development of invertebrates, fish, amphibians or mammals within the program. This diversity will give students a broad and comprehensive experience in the study of how organisms are formed and how these early events can influence later life.

The program is one of only two in Canada and the only one to train students at the MSc level.


Director: Dr. Dean Betts (519) 661-2111, x83786

Administrative Assistant: Karen Burrell (519) 685-8500, x55455

Collaborating Faculties

Faculty of Science

Schulich School of
Medicine & Dentistry

Grad Positions

Learn about the projects for which Developmental Biology faculty are currently recruiting graduate students.

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