Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Pediatrics

Developmental Biology

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Developmental Biology Program is one of six research programs housed at the Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute. Launched in 1995, the Program focuses on mechanisms of genetic fate in early human development. This team examines pattern formation, the process by which cells organize to form structures that develop into a normal body.


The Developmental Biology Program is devoted to understanding the genetic mechanisms that underlie pattern formation and cell fate specification during development. The areas of particular interest include signal transduction pathways, transcription factor networks, and morphogenetic movements. Program Faculty utilize a variety of model systems, including newt, chick, zebrafish, mouse and rat. Embryo manipulation, imaging (including live cell imaging with multiphoton laser scanning microscopy), gene expression profiling, genomics, in situ hybridization and many other tools are applied to experiments that range from limb regeneration to genetic manipulation to cloning in pursuit of new knowledge.


In addition to mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, medical students, and postdoctoral and clinical fellows in the their labs, many of the Developmental Biology Program Faculty also teach in the Walter S. and Lucienne Driskill Graduate Training Program in Life Sciences at Northwestern University 

Find more information on the Program via the Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute website.

Philip Iannaccone, MD, PhD

Philip Iannaccone, MD, PhD
Program Director
Developmental Biology

Administrative Contact:
Denise Lilly
2430 N. Halsted #204
Phone: 773-755-6385