Professional Roles: Stephanie Mohr, PhD, is a Lecturer in the Department of Genetics; Director of the DRSC/TRiP; co-PI and Director of the DRSC-BTRR (N. Perrimon, PI); and co-PI of a project aimed at establishing pooled CRISPR screening in cultured cells from the Lyme tick Ixodes scapularis (with N. Perrimon and J. Pedra). She is the co-author of more than 60 research and review articles and co-editor of the second edition of Drosophila Cells in Culture (Nov. 2017, Elsevier; with N. Perrimon and G. Echalier). Her scientific expertise spans Drosophila molecular genetics, functional genomics, application of CRISPR technologies, high-throughput screening, cell-based assays, lab automation, and bioinformatics.
Science Communication: 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 an Association of American Publishers PROSE award. Stephanie has been a guest on radio programs and podcasts to discuss fruit fly research and its broad impact in biology and biomedicine, including WHYY's The Pulse, the Science magazine podcast, and the Curiosity Daily podcast. She also founded community websites, including drosophilaresearch.org and flydiseasemodels.blogspot.com. Her popular media publications include essays in Zocalo Public Square, WBUR Cognoscenti, and Orion Magazine.
Education & Training: 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. Stephanie took on her current role in the laboratory of Prof. Norbert Perrimon in the Department of Genetics | Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School in January of 2008.