Peter J. Bryant
D.Phil., University of Sussex (England) 1967
Professor, Department of Developmental and Cell Biology
Director, Developmental Biology Center
University of California, Irvine
Research: Cancer genetics of Drosophila and humans
Teaching: Biodiversity and Conservation


The objective of my research is to understand how cell proliferation is controlled during development, and how genetic mutations lead to growth abnormalities and cancer. The model system used in this work is the fruit fly Drosophila, which offers outstanding advantages for experimental developmental biology as well as the essential tools for a systematic molecular genetic analysis of these problems. We are investigating the functions of gene products required to promote cell proliferation in the imaginal discs during larval growth, as well as the gene products required for shutting down cell proliferation at the end of the growth period.


My main teaching activity is Biology 65, a course in Biological Conservation for both majors and non-majors. This is the second of three core courses in the Interdisciplinary Minor in Global Sustainability.

Curriculum vitae


Web sites

Biodiversity and Conservation - a Hypertext Book

The Natural History of Orange County, California - a Biodiversity Web Site

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