Current roles. Stephanie Mohr, PhD, is a Lecturer in the Department of Genetics and Director of the DRSC at Harvard Medical School. Stephanie's expertise spans functional genomics, Drosophila genetics and genomics, high-throughput screening, cell-based assays, lab automation, and bioinformatics. As part of this role, Dr. Mohr serves as Co-PI and Director of the NIH NIGMS-funded DRSC-BTRR (N. Perrimon, PI). The DRSC-BTRR is focused on developent of new technologies for research in Drosophila and non-model insects in partnership with collaborating labs that can benefit from application of new technologies to specific biomedical projects.
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. Her PhD thesis work in the lab of Prof. Robert Boswell focused on Drosophila development and signal transduction. She went on to a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of the late Prof. William M. Gelbart, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University, and subsequently joined the Harvard Institute of Proteomics at Harvard Medical School. In Januray 2008, Stephanie took on her current fole in the laboratory of Prof. Norbert Perrimon in the Department of Genetics | Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Mohr 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 (Harvard University Press). As reviewed by the journal Nature: "Serious science, elegantly described." First in Fly was named one of Smithsonian Magazine's 10 Best Science Books of 2018, appeared on a list of 12 of the Best Books about Biology in 2018 at Forbes, and was a finalist for the Association of American Publishers PROSE award. Stephanie has been a guest 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. She also founded and maintains community websites including drosophilaresearch.org.