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Hemlata Mistry PhD

Associate Professor

  • PhD Genetics 1999

    University of Cambridge (UK)

  • BS Molecular Biology 1993

    University of Glasgow (UK)

  • BIOL 262 Principles of Modern Genetic Analysis

  • BIOL 314 Developmental Neurobiology

  • BIOL 326 Medical Genetics

I am interested in the development of fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster). The embryonic Drosophila central nervous system similar to the human spinal cord is a paradigm for understanding the cellular processes and genetic pathways regulating the formation and maintenance of a diverse population of nerve cells.

My research interests include investigating the role of RNA degradation in Drosophila development, investigating the impact of wounding in the Drosophila embryonic central nervous system, and investigating the effect of protein degradation on the activity of different transcription factors in neuronal fate decisions during nervous system development in Drosophila.

Selected Awards

  • Faculty Development Grant, Widener University, 2015–2016

  • Cynthia H. Sarnoski Faculty Fellowship, Widener University, 2013–2015

Selected Publications

  • Lacin, H., Rusch, J., Yeh, R.T., Fujioka, M., Wilson, B.A., Zhu, Y., Mistry, H., Jaynes, J.B., & Skeath J.B. (2014). Genome-wide identification of Drosophila Hb9 targets reveals a pivotal role in directing the transcriptome within eight neuronal lineages, including activation of Nitric Oxide Synthase and FoxD. Developmental Biology, 388(1), 117–133.

  • Shaffer, C., Mistry, H., et al.(2014). A course-based research experience: How benefits change with increased investment in instructional time. CBE Life Sciences Education 13(1), 111–130.

  • A. Burcu Babaoglan, A., O'Connor-Giles, K.M., Mistry, H., Schickedanz, A., Wilson, BA, & Skeath, JB. (2009). Sanpodo: A context-dependent activator and inhibitor of Notch signaling during asymmetric divisions. Development 136(24), 4089–4098.

Genetics Society of America (GSA)