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