Excellence in The Study of Epithelial Biology

Epithelia comprise a vital tissue that lines the internal and external surfaces of metazoan animals. Epithelial biology focuses on universal organizing principles that include the processes governing tissue polarity, adhesion, growth control and differentiation. Insights into abnormalities in these processes are of potential value in the understanding and molecular correction of the vast number of human diseases that affect epithelial tissues.


The Stanford Program in Epithelial Biology was founded in 1999 in the Stanford Department of Dermatology as a Tier A Multidisciplinary Stanford Research Program. Since its inception, it has grown to involve 60 Stanford faculty members working on questions in epithelial biology using an array of experimental systems, including C. elegans, Drosophila, Xenopus and mammals.

Programmatic Components

The four major current programmatic components of the Stanford Program in Epithelial Biology include a weekly seminar series, an NIH-funded Training Grant for post-doctoral fellows, graduate studies in Epithelial Biology, and Stanford Velius Scientia, a mentoring society for young scientists in the Stanford epithelial biology community at Stanford. These programmatic efforts are designed to facilitate synergistic interactions as well as to foster the career development of students and post-doctoral fellows in the Program.

epithelial biology seminars

- Epibio Seminars -

Location:  CCSR 4205 (unless noted otherwise)


CCSR 4205:

January 24:  Annie Collier, Oro Lab

Transcription factor network analyses reveal a novel regulator of ectoderm development

January 31:  Douglas Porter, Khavari Lab

easyCLIP Quantifies RNA-Protein Interactions and Characterizes Recurrent RBP Mutations in Cancer

February 7:  Margaret Gan Guo, Khavari Lab

Mapping the 3D regulatory landscape in primary human cells

ALWAY M212:   February 14:  Alexis Bailey, Fuller Lab


February 21:  Katerina Kraft, Chang Lab


February 28:  Namyoung Jung, Khavari Lab

Lineage-specific transcription factor mediated 3D chromatin dynamics in epidermal homeostasis and neoplasia

Fridays 9:00 - 10:00 AM