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 (BIOL 351); Human Genetics (BIOL 351); Advanced Genetics (BIOL 375); 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 fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model to study how neurons establish and remodel their complex shapes.


C. Tenenbaum†, M. Misra†, and E.R. Gavis. Coracle facilitates dendrite enclosure by epidermal cells to regulate branching of Drosophila larval sensory neurons. (†Co-first authors; manuscript in preparation)

M. Misra, H. Edmund, M.A. Schlueter*, J.E. Marot*, J. Tambasco*, D. Ennis, I. Barlow*, S. Sigurbjornsdottir, R. Mathew, A.M. Vallés, W. Wojciech, S. Roth, I. Davis, M. Leptin, and E.R. Gavis (2016).  A genome-wide screen for dendritically localized RNAs identifies genes required for dendrite morphogenesis.  G3, 6:2397-2405. (*Undergraduate trainee)
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.