Mala Misra - Biology - Colgate University

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Mala Misra

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
Biology, 314 Olin Hall
p 315-228-6270


BS, Biology, University of Virginia (2003); PhD, Neurobiology, University of Pittsburgh (2009)

Teaching Experience

At Colgate: RNA Biology (BIOL351); Human Genetics (BIOL 351); Molecules, Cells, and Genes (BIOL182 and 182L); Cells and Human Development (CORE 124S)
Prior: Lecturer, Princeton University, 2012; Teaching Assistant, University of Pittsburgh, 2004, 2006

Professional Experience

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton University, 2010-2014


Developmental Biology, Neurobiology


I use the common fruit fly as a model to study how neurons, the cells that make up the nervous system, establish and maintain their complex shapes.


M. Misra, E. Sours, C. Lance-Jones (2012).  Hox transcription factors influence motoneuron identity through the integrated actions of both homeodomain and non-homeodomain regions.  Developmental Dynamics, 241:718-731.

M. Misra, V. Shah, E.M. Carpenter, P. McCaffery, and C. Lance-Jones. (2009)  Restricted patterns of Hoxd10 and Hoxd11 set segmental differences in motoneuron subtype complement in the lumbosacral spinal cord.  Developmental Biology, 330:54-72.