The Center for Organogenesis


Dr. Gary Hammer

Gary D. Hammer, M.D., Ph.D., Millie Schembechler Professor of Adrenal Cancer, is the Director of the Center for Organogenesis. He is Professor of Internal Medicine (Division of Metbolism, Endocrinology and Diabetes), and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology and Molecular and Integrative Physiology.  Dr. Hammer also serves as the Director of the Endocrine Oncology Destination Program in the Comprehensive Cancer Center. He brings both basic science and clinical research perspectives to his role as Director, as well as an understanding of the practice of medicine and management of interdepartmental groups. Under Dr. Hammer's leadership, the Center will continue to support outstanding basic research conducted by its faculty and trainees, and will seek to position itself as a leader in translational research.


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We are composed of an intercollegiate and interdisciplinary group of scientists at the University of Michigan whose work is directed at a common goal: to understand the basic mechanisms by which organs and tissues are formed and maintained, and to use this knowledge to create long lasting artificial organs, stem cell therapies or organ transplantation systems that will correct genetic and acquired diseases. The mission of the Center is to establish and maintain an infrastructure for the study of organogenesis at the University of Michigan by:

  • Enhancing communication and information exchange among investigation (in basic, clinical and applied sciences) engaged in organogenesis-related research.
  • Increasing the number and scope of interdisciplinary research projects in organogenesis.
  • Designing strategies to expose students (undergraduate, graduate) and postdoctoral fellows to research that requires interdisciplinary approaches to the problems of organogenesis.

The Center was established through a grant from the Presidential Initiatives Fund (Office of the President, University of Michigan) and through generous additional support from the Office of the Dean, Medical School.