"There are so many resources available to students at UCSF, from research core facilities to career development workshops. So you can do exciting and fancy experiments, and also discovery new career paths and opportunities."
— Akela Kuwahara, PhD student, Developmental & Stem Cell Biology

Developmental & Stem Cell Biology

The Developmental and Stem Cell Biology PhD program builds upon the outstanding strengths of basic and translational research at UCSF. It provides training in four overlapping and interrelated thematic areas: stem cells and cell differentiation, organogenesis and tissue regeneration, pattern formation and morphogenesis, and evolutionary developmental biology. The DSCB Program offers an integrated and multidisciplinary educational opportunity for graduate students pursuing careers in these rapidly expanding fields.


The DSCB program includes faculty members from various clinical and basic science departments with a wide range of interests. Most DSCB faculty have ongoing laboratory projects that span multiple thematic areas.

The DSCB program coordinates its activities with a variety of cross-campus entities including the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research, the UCSF Diabetes Center, and the Gladstone Institutes.


stem cells and cell differentiation
organogenesis and tissue regeneration
pattern formation and morphogenesis
evolutionary developmental biology
translational stem cell biology

The Developmental and Stem Cell Biology program office is located at the Parnassus campus in the Eli and Edyth Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research. Visit the program website for more information.

The DSCB program is offered by the UCSF Graduate Division, administered by the UCSF School of Medicine, and delivered by faculty members in the UCSF schools of dentistry and medicine.


Program Manager
Meredith Miner

Program Co-Directors
Todd Nystul, PhD
Julie Sneddon, PhD