Fundamental developmental processes are frequently affected in human disease. Many of the important genes and mechanisms controlling development also regulate adult physiology, and deregulation of these processes may result in pathological conditions. Our understanding of the genome (all genes) and the proteome (all proteins) is rapidly increasing, but the regulatory processes that shape our bodies and, when affected, cause diseases such as cancer, are still poorly understood and require fundamental research.

Genomic and proteomic technologies have shaped a new area of research enabling us to monitor the expression of some 20,000 genes simultaneously and to monitor the presence and modifications of proteins. Bioinformatics has become a major aspect of modern biomedical research. In addition, microscopic analysis has witnessed a true revolution in the past few years.

The Research School 'Cancer Genomics & Developmental Biology' focuses on understanding processes underlying cancer and developmental biology using techniques and applications of post-genomic research, including microarray analysis, SNP analysis, proteomics and microscopy.

The School offers training programmes at both the Master's and PhD level, which are frequently combined in joint courses and other activities so as to offer students a truly integrated research and educational programme with a natural progression from the Master's to the PhD level.

- The Master's programme
- The PhD programme

The 'Cancer Stem cells & Developmental biology' research school is part of the Utrecht Graduate School of Life Sciences.