Gary Struhl, PhD

Departments And Divisions

  • Department of Genetics & Development
  • Professor of Genetics & Development
Gary Struhl, <span>PhD</span>

During development, cells are programmed to generate and interpret spatial information so that every cell within a population knows where it is and what to do as a consequence. Dr. Struhl's work uses genetical and molecular approaches in Drosophila to address the fundamental questions (i) what is spatial information?, (ii) how is it generated?, and (iii) how is it interpreted? His work has led to discoveries about the nature and mode action of spatial determinants controlling cell and body patterns, tissue growth and planar cell polarity. These include (i) the Polycomb and HOX “selectors” in specifying body segments; (ii) the transcription and translation factors Bicoid, Caudal, Hunchback and Nanos in organizing global body pattern, (iii) secreted factors of the Hedgehog, Wnt, and BMP/TGFb superfamilies as the first, intercellular gradient morphogens, (iv) Delta/Notch signaling in cell-fate specification, and (v) the serpentine receptors Frizzled and Starry night, and the atypical cadherins Dachsous and Fat, in planar cell polarity.

Developmental genetics in Drosophila.

Lab Locations

  • Jerome L. Greene Science Center

    3227 Broadway
    New York, NY 10027
    (212) 853-3575

Honors & Awards

American Academy of Arts and Sciences Member (2005)

National Academy of Sciences Member (2008)

Research Interests

  • Organ growth
  • Cell patterning
  • Cell-cell signaling




Project Dates: Sep 1 2014 to May 31 2018


Epsin-dependent ligand endocytosis activates Notch by force. Langridge PD, Struhl G. Cell.2017 Nov 30

Causal role for inheritance of H3K27me3 in maintaining the OFF state of a Drosophila HOX gene. Coleman RT, Struhl G. Science.2017 Mar 16

Fat/Dachsous Signaling Promotes Drosophila Wing Growth by Regulating the Conformational State of the NDR Kinase Warts. Vrabioiu AM, Struhl G. Dev Cell.2015 Dec 21

Dissecting the molecular bridges that mediate the function of Frizzled in planar cell polarity.  Struhl G, Casal J, Lawrence PA . Development. 2012 Oct

DSL-Notch signaling in the Drosophila brain in response to olfactory stimulation.  Lieber T, Kidd S, Struhl G.  Neuron.2011 Feb 10

A feed-forward circuit linking wingless, fat-dachsous signaling, and the warts-hippo pathway to Drosophila wing growth.  Zecca M, Struhl G.  PLoS Biol.2010 Jun 1

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