Ricardo Mallarino

Position
Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology
Role
Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Office Phone
Office
Guyot Hall, 8
Bio/Description

Focus

The molecular basis of evolutionary change.

Research

The Mallarino lab is broadly interested in addressing two questions:

  1. What are the genetic and developmental mechanisms by which morphological, physiological, and behavioral traits are established?
  2. How are these processes modified during evolutionary time to produce the spectacular phenotypic diversity seen in nature?

To answer these questions, we combine the study of emerging model organisms, because of their diverse, naturally occurring and ecologically relevant phenotypes, with traditional model species, because of the powerful molecular and genetic tools available. We use a variety of approaches, including experimental embryology, transcriptomic and epigenomic profiling, comparative genomics, functional genetics, and imaging, to uncover gene function and understand mechanisms of evolutionary change.

Please navigate to the lab research page to find a description of the different projects that are currently ongoing in our lab

Biography

Ricardo Mallarino is an Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology at Princeton University. Originally from Bogota, Colombia, he graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Universidad de los Andes. He completed his graduate studies at Harvard in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology in 2011, working with Arhat Abzhanov on developmental mechanisms underlying beak shape diversity in Darwin’s finches and their close relatives. After completing his PhD. he joined Hopi Hoekstra’s lab at Harvard, where he established a new model species and developed tools for studying the molecular basis of pigment pattern formation in mammals. Dr. Mallarino’s research focuses on understanding the genetic and developmental mechanisms by which form and structure are regulated during vertebrate embryogenesis and elucidating how these processes get modified during evolutionary time to produce phenotypic diversity.

Honors & Awards

2021

  • Vallee Scholar

2019

  • Searle Scholar
  • Sloan Fellow

Education

  • Ph.D., Biology, Harvard University
  • B.S., Biology, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

Selected Publications