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About the CBD

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The Center for Developmental Biology (CBD) is a joint CNRS-University Unit (UMR5547) located on the Paul Sabatier University campus. It is one of the founding members of the Federation “Center de Biologie Integrative” (CBI), which regroups five research units (http://cbi-toulouse.fr).

The overall scientific objective of the Centre for Developmental Biology is to further the understanding of the basic principles governing the development of multicellular organisms. It is structured around two prominent themes : acquisition and maintenance of cell identity ; organization of cells within tissues and organs, including cell fate plasticity and tissue homeostasis. These fundamental biological questions are analyzed at different levels, from gene organization and evolution to cell and tissue/organ architecture, and are considered with respect to whole organism physiology. More specific developmental questions include genetic and epigenetic control of cell fate acquisition, cell communication within tissues, collective cell migration, emergence of form, and tissue homeostasis. Our goal for the near future is to tackle meaningful developmental questions using interdisciplinary ground breaking research.

Several classical model organisms (Drosophila, Chick, Mouse, Xenopus and Zebrafish) are routinely used at the CBD. This diversity in approach is both a research advantage and a training strength, specific to the CBD and of benefit to all the other departments of the CBI.

The CBD consists of 11 research groups, supported by numerous technical platforms and services, with a high technology imaging platform (http://cbi-toulouse.fr/eng/imagerie-microscope) and animal facilities for Drosophila, Mouse, Xenopus and Zebrafish.

It currently houses about approximately 110 people, including 41 researchers, 28 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows and 31 technicians and engineers. 7 faculty members are involved in teaching undergraduate Genetics, Developmental Biology, Cell Biology and Molecular Biology.

Research performed at the CBD has implications in many areas of human health, especially developmental pathologies, stem cell biology, cancer, neurological disorders, as well as tissue repair and regeneration. Thorough understanding of the development of living organisms will undoubtedly lead to novel therapies in the future.

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Fabienne PITUELLO

- Tel : 05 61 55 67 37
- Fax : 05 61 55 65 07
- email

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- Tel : 05 61 55 67 37
- Fax : 05 61 55 65 07
- email


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