Current roles. Stephanie Mohr, PhD, is a Lecturer in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Drosophila RNAi Screening Center (DRSC)/Trangenic RNAi Project (TRiP)-Functional Genomics Resources. She additionally serves as Director of the Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC) Collaborative Functional Genomics Core and DF/HCC DNA Resource Core. Stephanie's expertise spans functional genomics, Drosophila genetics and genomics, high-throughput screening, cell-based assays, lab automation, and bioinformatics. Current research projects include a large-scale binary interaction map for Drosophila proteins and use of CRISPR technologies to develop cell and in vivo disease models.
Background. Stephanie received a BA with honors in biology from Wesleyan University and a PhD in molecular, cellular and developmental biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of the late Prof. William M. Gelbart in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University, then joined the Harvard Institute of Proteomics in the Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School. In 2008, Stephanie became Director of the Drosophila RNAi Screening Center (DRSC), now DRSC/TRiP-FGR, in the Laboratory of Prof. Norbert Perrimon, Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School. She has additionally served as Director of the DF/HCC Collaborative Functional Genomics Core since 2010 and Director of the DF/HCC DNA Resource Core since January 2017. She is the co-author of more than 50 research and review articles and co-editor of Drosophila Cells in Culture, Second Edition (Nov. 2017, Elsevier).
Outreach. Stephanie is the author of First in Fly: Drosophila Research and Biological Discovery, published by Harvard University Press in March 2018. As reviewed by the journal Nature: "Serious science, elegantly described." First in Fly was named one of Smithsonian Magazine's Ten Best Science Books of 2018 and appeared on a list of 12 of the Best Books about Biology in 2018 at Forbes. The book was also a finalist for the Association of American Publishers 2019 PROSE award. Stephanie has appeared on a variety of radio programs and podcasts to discuss fruit fly research and its broad impact in biology and biomedicine, including WHYY's The Pulse radio program, the Science magazine podcast, and the Curiosity Daily podcast.