U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Michael Krause

 Contact Info

Tel: 301-402-4633
Email: michaelkr@niddk.nih.gov

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  • Laboratory of Molecular BiologyNIDDK, NIH1993–Present
  • Postdoctoral FellowFred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center1986–1992
  • Ph.D.University of Colorado1986
  • B.A.University of Colorado1978

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Michael W. Krause, Ph.D.

Scientific Director, Division of Intramural Research
Section Chief, Develop​mental Biology SectionLaboratory of Molecular Biology

Specialties: Developmental Biology

Michael W. Krause, Ph.D.

Section Chief, Developmental Biology SectionLaboratory of Molecular Biology
Scientific Director, Division of Intramural Research
Scientific Director, Office of Scientific Director
  • Developmental Biology

Research in Plain Language

In all animals, each cell in the body has the complete library of information it needs encoded within its DNA. This information is used by each cell to direct the formation of the entire organism. However, during the process of developing from a single fertilized cell to a whole animal, each cell uses only a small fraction of this information. How do cells “know” which parts of the library are needed to become muscle, nerve, or skin? Our research looks for the master regulators that “unlock” the necessary sections containing the information that each cell needs to develop properly. These master regulators turn on and off other genes that provide each cell type with the properties needed to carry out their cell-specific functions.