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The UCSF CMB Program


The UCSF Program in Craniofacial and Mesenchymal Biology (CMB) brings together faculty, research labs and investigators, who are interested in the development and function of the craniofacial complex and of tissues of mesenchymal origin, such as muscle, cartilage, and bone. Researchers in the CMB Program also study the biology of a variety of stem cells, and how these progenitors differentiate into tissues. Finally, CMB Program researchers study interactions between tissues, such as the interactions between mesenchymal and epithelial tissues, how tissue differentiation and interactions give rise to normal craniofacial development, and how deregulation of tissue differentiation and interactions is at the basis of many craniofacial anomalies and musculoskeletal diseases.

CMB Faculty Research and Science Team

The CMB Program aims at bringing together basic researchers, translational and clinical researchers. Faculty are drawn from different departments and have affiliations with different graduate programs, most notably;

Faculty are also affiliated with a number of clinical units , including;

CMB Program Activities

  • Research seminars by visiting and local speakers; to see our upcoming schedule; click here. To see previous speakers in this series, click here.
  • A research-in-progress series, in which students, postdoctoral fellows or faculty present their results informally.  To see the schedule for 2014-15, click here.
  • An annual retreat.

For additional information contact Roger Mraz at:

Contact Us

Ophir Klein, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Craniofacial and Mesenchymal Biology Program


Find Us

Mesenchymal Biology Program
Departments of Orofacial Sciences and Pediatrics – UCSF

Roger Mraz
Program Administrator
513 Parnassus Avenue, Room S619A, Box 0430
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430
Tel: 415 502 7772
Fax: 415 502 7763

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