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Message from the Director

Ondine Cleaver, Ph.D.
Ondine Cleaver, Ph.D.


Graduate School: Ph.D. UT Austin 1999

Postdoctoral Training: Harvard University

Cleaver Lab

The Genetics, Development and Disease (GDD) graduate program is a multidisciplinary community of scientists that offer a curriculum and cutting-edge training at the nexus of the basic sciences and clinical applications.

We aim to ask and answer fundamental questions regarding the mechanisms underlying tissue health and disease, and thereby shape the next generation of investigators and clinicians who will translate discoveries into human therapies.

The UT Southwestern Medical Center GDD faculty comprise a wide range of leading biomedical researchers that seek to offer an exceptional and rigorous doctoral program. From weekly Works-in-Progress student-led seminars to yearly program retreats, our graduate program provides a vibrant launching pad for young scientists.

Our program is distinguished by faculty that use a range of model systems and state-of-the-art technology to address basic questions that range from stem cells and regeneration to genetic engineering and disease mechanisms.

Thank you for your interest in our program.

Meet Our Faculty