In the Developmental Neurobiology Department, we believe that diversity drives discovery. Creative problem-solvers from diverse backgrounds are working together to advance our understanding of nervous system development and disease. While we are tackling some of the most challenging questions in fundamental neuroscience today, we never lose sight of the patients we serve. Our multidisciplinary teams are working urgently to advance promising new therapeutic approaches into clinical trials. Cutting edge technologies essential for our mission are developed and deployed in our innovation hubs. We invite you to explore our research and technology and to meet our team members below. If you would like to join our team, we are always welcoming new members passionate about contributing to discoveries that will save lives and improve quality of life for children with catastrophic illnesses.
St. Jude scientists have identified the mechanism by which Williams-Beuren Syndrome enhances the ability to discriminate between sounds. The findings were detailed in a paper published in Cell in September. Department member Stanislav Zakharenko, M.D., Ph.D., was corresponding author. Read the full release.
Work published in Developmental Cell in April highlights an approach to cancer treatment that targets the developmental states of cells that give rise to recurrence in rhabdomyosarcoma. Department Chair Michael Dyer, PhD was corresponding author on the study. Read the full news release.
How is the nervous system formed?
How are neural circuits wired and how do they function?
How do tumors arise during development?
How do genes contribute to development and disease?
Can we learn about brain function from neurologic diseases?
How can technology advance our mission?
How can we improve outcomes for catastrophic childhood illness?
Our department is looking for motivated, inspired scientists and staff to contribute to the mission of St. Jude. We are currently hiring postdoctoral research associates, researchers, and faculty. Explore positions and submit your application through our career portal.
Department of Developmental Neurobiology
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital