Welcome to Developmental and Reproductive Biology (DRB)
Graduate Program Website!!!

        The Department of Anatomy, Biochemistry and Physiology at the University of Hawaii School of Medicine offers a graduate program leading to MS and PhD degrees in Developmental and Reproductive Biology. In our program, students are enganged in laboratory research and classes that integrate diverse disciplines, such as the study of:

  • Fertilization
  • Embryo development
  • Stem cells
  • Organogenesis
  • Assisted reproductive technologies (ART)
  • Gene therapy
  • Devo-Evo
        Whether your goal is pure basic science or translational research, we offer opportunities that will enable you to impact biomedical science and our understanding of life!

Recent Activities by DRB Students

        DRB students present their research projects at various conferences. Come back for more details soon.

        DRB students present their mock papers in Developmental and Reproductive Biology Scientific Investigations (DRB614) directed by Dr. Monika Ward. Click here for more details.


        Discovery made by Dr. Monika Ward and her research group, including a DRB graduate student, Jonathan Riel, has been published in Science:

Yamauchi Y, Riel JM, Stoytcheva Z, Ward MA. (2013) Two Y genes can replace the entire Y chromosome for assisted reproduction in the mouse. Science (in press). View Abstract or Download Reprint PDF through Dr. Monika Ward's page.

        Check out UH MED NOW and related videos (1,2) for more details about the discovery made by Dr. Monika Ward's group at IBR.

Important Notice to All Students

        The DRB Graduate Program Committee has recently issued the following two documents to define the nature of PhD and Master degrees (Plan A/B) in our program:

- Degrees offered in the DRB Graduate Program
- Master Plan A Research Criteria

These are relevant and applicable to both current as well as incoming students.