Quinnipiac University
Dr. Craig Magie is a developmental biologist interested in the cellular and molecular mechanisms responsible for morphogenesis, the formation of anatomical structures during embryonic development, and the ways these mechanisms have evolved to generate anatomical diversity across the animal kingdom. At Quinnipiac his teaching responsibilities have included Developmental Biology, Comparative Physiology, Cellular Communication, Molecular Genetics, General Biology, and Bioethics.

Dr. Magie was born and raised in California, where he completed his B.S. in Physiology at the University of California, Davis. Following his Ph.D. at the University of Washington in Seattle studying embryonic development in Drosophila (the fruit fly), he conducted postdoctoral research at the Kewalo Marine Laboratory in Hawaii studying embryonic development in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis. Dr. Magie joined Quinnipiac in the fall of 2012 and still uses Nematostella as his primary research organism.

Research in the Magie lab is focused on the cell movements and shape changes that occur in the early embryo. By studying these processes in a sea anemone, which along with related animals such as jellyfish and corals split off from the rest of the animals very early in animal evolution, the lab hopes to gain insight into the evolution of morphogenetic mechanisms.

For more information please visit the Magie lab website: http://mywebspace.quinnipiac.edu/cmagie/QU_lab_website/Home.html
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  • BS, University of California-Davis
  • PHD, University of Washington

Areas of Expertise

  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Evolution
  • Physiology


  • Biological Sciences

Office Location

  • Buckman Center 123A

Mail Drop

  • BC-SCI


Quinnipiac University

Associate Professor of Biology

2018 - Present

Quinnipiac University

Assistant Professor of Biology

2012 - 2018

Clark University

Research Scientist / Visiting Assistant Professor

2011 - 2012

California State University, Fresno

Assistant Professor of Evolutionary Developmental Biology

2009 - 2011

Kewalo Marine Laboratory, University of Hawai'i

Postdoctoral Fellow

2004 - 2008

University of California, Davis

Research Technician

1996 - 1997