Current Course Director



David Sherwood, Duke University

Dave grew up in Champaign, Illinois and spent summers backpacking in the Wind River Range of Wyoming.  He graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University (with a year in Durham, England) in 1990.  He received his PhD in the lab of David McClay from Duke University Department of Biology in 1997, where his thesis work identified and determined the function of the sea urchin Notch receptor.  Dave carried out his postdoctoral work in the lab of Paul Sternberg at the California Institute of Technology where he was trained in C. elegans genetics and cell biology.  He joined the faculty at Duke University in 2005, where he is now a Professor of Biology, Co-Director of the Regeneration Next Initiative for Regenerative Biology and Director of the Development and Stem Cell Biology Program.  His research focuses on elucidating cell-extracellular matrix interactions that occur during cell invasion, stem cell niche formation and tissue formation, growth and regeneration.