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The UCSF Program in Craniofacial Biology (PCB) brings together investigators who are interested in the development and function of the craniofacial complex including the biology of stem cells, and how these progenitors differentiate into craniofacial tissues. Many PCB researchers study the cellular processes that shape craniofacial structures, such as the interactions between mesenchymal and epithelial tissues, and how deregulation of these processes is at the basis of many craniofacial anomalies and musculoskeletal diseases.

The Program in Craniofacial Biology aims to bring together basic, translational and clinical researchers. Faculty members are drawn from a number of departments and have affiliations with different graduate programs, most notably:

The Biomedical Sciences Program,
The Tetrad Program in Developmental Biology,
The Graduate Program in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences, and
The UCSF/UCB Graduate Program in Bioengineering.

Faculty are also affiliated with a number of clinical units, including;

The Craniofacial Center
Pediatric Dentistry,
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery,
Division of Plastic Surgery,
Division of Medical Genetics, and
Department of Orthopedics.

The PCB holds a monthly research seminar series with seminars by visiting and local speakers; to see our upcoming schedule; click here. To see previous speakers in this series, click here. We host a research-in-progress series, in which students, postdoctoral fellows or faculty present their results informally.  To see the schedule for 2014-15, click here. We also have a biannual retreat with talks from students, postdocs and faculty.