Department of Molecular Biology
416 Schultz Lab
Princeton, NJ 08544-1014
TEL (609) 258-3857
LAB (609) 258-1770
FAX (609) 258-1343
Liz Gavis is a Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and an Associated Faculty of the Princeton Neuroscience Institute at Princeton University. Liz became hooked on research during a summer internship at the Carnegie Institute for Embryology, just after graduating from high school. She majored in Biology at Yale University, continuing her work at the Carnegie Institute and then at Johns Hopkins University Medical School during the summer. These experiences led her to enter the MSTP and the Biochemistry Department at Stanford University Medical School, where she earned MD and PhD degrees. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Whitehead Institute at MIT, Liz joined the Princeton faculty in 1994.
Liz's research focuses on understanding genetic regulatory mechanisms that underlie the development of a properly formed animal from a fertilized egg, with a focus on post-transcriptional control of gene expression. In addition to mentoring students and postdocs in the lab, she teaches one of the largest courses at Princeton – "Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology" – as well as a popular graduate level genetics course that she developed with her colleague Eric Wieschaus. Liz helped found the joint Princeton/Rutgers University MD/PhD program and served as its Princeton director. She served as President of the Drosophila Board of Directors, on which she remains active, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Developmental Biology. Liz also serves on several editorial boards and participates in mentorship programs for women in science at Princeton, Hunter College, and The College of New Jersey.