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An Overview of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences


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Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology

Fruit fly ovary. Courtesy of Hogan Tang and Denise Montell, Johns Hopkins University and University of California, Santa Barbara

This division supports research on the fundamental mechanisms of genetic, cellular, developmental and evolutionary processes. Such basic research provides a strong foundation for the more disease-targeted studies supported by other NIH components.

This division focuses on questions like:

  • How do genes control the life and death of cells and the circadian rhythms of organisms?
  • What are the signaling pathways underlying cell growth, specialization and development?
  • How do genes interact to produce complex traits and diseases?
  • What can we learn about human development, health, behavior and disease by studying organisms like bacteria, yeast, roundworms and fruit flies?
  • How do the bacteria and other microorganisms that live on and in our bodies affect our health?

The division also supports the NIGMS Human Genetic Cell Repository External link, which houses a collection of well-characterized human cell lines for use in biomedical research.

More information about this division is available at

This page last reviewed on November 4, 2015