Quinnipiac University
Caitlin D Hanlon

Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Caitlin Hanlon joined Quinnipiac University in Fall 2018 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology. Over the past two years, she has taught Human Genetics (BIO382/L), Genetics (BIO282/L), Science and Society (BIO106), and a CAS Capstone (CAS420; “Monsters, Mutants, and Meaning”). In each of these courses, Dr. Hanlon strives to interweave the facts of basic science with humanistic insight of how genetic issues present in our day-to-day lives.

Dr. Hanlon’s research focuses on the characterization of Drosophila (fruit fly) G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) during embryonic development. GPCRs are one of the largest and most widely expressed protein families, found in all manners of life from bacteria to humans. Despite GPCR’s prominence throughout biology, they have been surprisingly understudied during Drosophila development. Dr. Hanlon’s research allow students to explore questions relating to genetics, cell biology, and developmental biology. More recently, she has leveraged her research training to better understand how the Blacklegged tick is able to transmit disease.

Dr. Hanlon currently serves as the faculty liaison to the Natural Sciences Living and Learning Community. She is also a member of the Student Affairs committee and the QUWAC Steering Committee.


  • PHD, Johns Hopkins University

Areas of Expertise

  • Developmental biology
  • Genetics
  • Cell biology
  • Drosophila embryogenesis
  • Tick biology


  • Biological Sciences

Office Location

  • Buckman Center 123

Mail Drop

  • BC-SCI


Quinnipiac University

Assistant Professor of Biology

Hamden, CT

2018 - Present

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Post doctoral fellow

Baltimore, MD

2015 - 2018

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Graduate student

Baltimore, MD

2007 - 2015

Selected Publications

Recognizing reflection: Computer-assisted analysis of first-year medical students’ reflective writing

Hanlon C, Frosch E, Gibson A, Buckingham-Shum S, Shochet R, and Goldberg H.

Medical Science Educator 1-8 (2020)

Development and Validation of a Capacity for Wonder Scale for Use in Educational Settings

Geller G, Steinman C, Caldwell M, Goldberg H, Hanlon C, Wonnell T, and Merritt MW

Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment (2020)

When I say… the knowledge paradox: the more I know, the less I can clearly explain.

Goldberg H, and Hanlon C.

Medical Education (2019)

Drosophila FoxL1 nonautonomously coordinates organ placement during embryonic development

Hanlon CD and Andrew DJ

419(2) Developmental Biology 273-284 (2016)