Mara Laslo

Dr. Mara Laslo

Curriculum Fellow in Developmental and Regenerative Biology

Mara Laslo is the Curriculum Fellow for the Developmental and Regenerative Biology (DRB) Program. She organizes DRB events and supports student-run programming such as the Annual Retreat and the Student/Faculty Seminar series, and will design and lead professional development workshops for graduate students. She is interested in improving science education in both classroom and informal science education settings.




Ph.D. in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, 2019
M.S. in Biology, American University, 2013
B.S. in Biology, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2009


Teaching and Outreach Experience

Pedagogy Fellow, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, August 2018-May 2019
Teaching Assistantships
Herpetology, Harvard University, Spring 2016 & Spring 2018
Fundamentals of Biodiversity, Harvard University, Fall 2014
General Biology I, American University, Fall 2011, Summer & Fall 2012, Spring 2013
Genetics, American University, Spring 2012


Selected Publications

Cordeiro I.R., Kabashima K., Ochi H., Munakata K., Nishimori C., Laslo M., Hanken J., Tanaka M. ‘Environmental oxygen exposure allows for the evolution of interdigital cell death in limb patterning’. Developmental Cell, 2019 Jun 13. dio:10.1016/j.devcel.2019.05.025 (in press).

Laslo, M., Just, F., Denver, R.J. and Hanken, J. ‘Evolutionary conservation of thyroid hormone receptor and deiodinase expression dynamics in the limbs and tail of a direct-developing frog, Eleutherodactylus coqui’, Frontiers in Endocrinology, (2019). doi:10.3389/fendo.2019.00307.

Bilandžija, H., Laslo M., Porter, ML., and Fong DW. (2017) ‘Melanization in response to wounding is ancestral in Arthropods and conserved in albino cave species.’ Scientific Reports 7, no. 1 (2017): 17148. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-17471-2.

Laslo, M., Sun, X., Hsiao, C. T., Wu, W. W., Shen, R. F. and Zou, S. (2012) 'A botanical containing freeze dried acai pulp promotes healthy aging and reduces oxidative damage in sod1 knockdown flies', Age (Dordr) 35(4):1117-1132.

Contact Information

p: 617-432-7497
Office Hours: Cambridge (Sherman Fairchild 100): Mondays from 12-2pm Longwood (Gordon Hall 316): Tuesdays from 10am-12pm