The Department of Cell & Developmental Biology (CDB) at the University of Michigan Medical School researches cutting-edge cell biology, embryology, neurobiology, organogenesis, and developmental biology. We are committed to uncovering the knowledge that leads to new insight. We are committed to train those who will make discoveries for future generations.

Our department is housed in the new Biomedical Science Research Building (BSRB), which has state of the art lab facilities and bright, open-plan research spaces.

At $1.39 billion, the University of Michigan is the top public university in research spending in the United States. Our metrics show that over half a billion of that is awarded each year to the Medical School, supporting our many research strengths. Imagine what it would be like to conduct research at the laboratory bench, in the clinic, or with the community as part of our world-renowned Medical School, facilitated by the departments, centers, institutes, and our Office of Research.

Open Tenure-track Faculty Position

The Department of Cell & Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan Medical School solicits applications from outstanding scholars for a tenure-track faculty position, preferably at the assistant professor level. We seek candidates poised to establish a highly innovative research program addressing newly emerging and significant questions in cell, developmental, and/or stem cell biology. Candidates should have MD, PhD, or MD/PhD degrees with relevant postdoctoral training and a sustained record of groundbreaking research accomplishments. Successful candidates will join a collegial, interdisciplinary group of faculty, students and fellows, and have access to state-of-the art facilities at the University of Michigan (see

To apply please submit a single PDF file featuring a curriculum vitae, a 2-page summary of prior research accomplishments, and a 2-page summary of future research plans to and provide three letters of reference (sent by referees to

Deadline for submission is November 1, 2017.

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Submit a single PDF that includes:
  1. A Curriculum Vitae
  2. A Two-page Summary of Prior Research Accomplishments
  3. A Two-page Summary of Future Research Plans

Additionally, please provide three letters of reference submitted directly by referees.

All submissions should be emailed to

Recent Faculty Highlight

CDB, one of the oldest departments in the medical school, is also one of the most dynamic and rapidly growing. Two-thirds of our faculty have joined CDB within the last eight years, bringing new opportunities at the forefront of molecular biology research. Explore a few of our newest faculty below or view all of our faculty.

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Dawen Cai Portrait

Dawen Cai

Assistant Professor

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Dawen Cai

Dawen is an assistant professor in Cell & Developmental Biology. He combines innovation and research in an effort to revolutionize the understanding of neuronal connections in the brain and nervous system. His research interests include studying the processes of generating, patterning and wiring large numbers of neurons at the single cell resolution.

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Michigan Medicine seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan and to maintain the excellence of the University. We welcome applications from anyone who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching, and clinical mission, including women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. The Department and the University are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons and will not discriminate against any individual because of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status. The University of Michigan is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.