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Josefa Steinhauer


Professor of Biology

212-960-5400 x6295

Wilf campus - Belfer Hall

Postdoctoral fellow, Skirball Institute, NYU Langone Medical Center, 2005-2011
PhD, Columbia University, 2005
BS, Case Western Reserve University, 1999

As students who take my courses often hear me say, lab skills are life skills!  I believe lab work is an irreplaceable part of an undergraduate science education, teaching students analytical, bookkeeping, and manual skills to assure success wherever their paths take them.  By integrating novel research projects into my courses, I am ensuring that all Biology majors at YU have the opportunity to gain research experience.  I also extensively incorporate primary scientific literature into my classes, emphasizing not just WHAT we know but HOW we know it.  Students who take my courses often continue as research apprentices in my lab, creating meaningful extracurricular experiences that stay with them long after they have graduated.


The fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster has served as a model genetic organism for over 100 years, and has earned 7 Nobel prizes! Scientists have used the fly to gain insight into the fundamental genetic, cell biological, and molecular mechanisms at play during the development of an organism. Paradigms discovered in Drosophila have been found to be universally relevant. Although our current understanding is vast, there is still much to be discovered. My lab uses Drosophila to understand phospholipid metabolism in the context of a whole animal. We have uncovered important roles for phospholipid metabolic enzymes in both male and female fertility, as well as in the biology of aging and in neurodegeneration.

212-960-5400 x6295

Wilf campus - Belfer Hall


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Spring 2024

Molecular Biology


Fall 2023



Spring 2022

Developmental Biology