Howard Lipshitz

Molecular Genetics


MaRS West Tower
661 University Avenue, Room 1538, Toronto, Ontario Canada M5G 1M1
Research Interests
CRISPR-Cas9 and genome engineering, Developmental biology, Disease models, Drosophila, Functional genomics and systems biology, Gene regulation and expression, Neurodegeneration and neurodevelopment, Neuroscience, Mass spectrometry, Proteomics and proteins, Stem cell biology, Translation and post-transcriptional regulation

Post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression by RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) and small non-coding RNAs plays an essential role in animal development and disease. 

(1) We study post-transcriptional regulation during the maternal-to-zygotic transition in early embryos as well as in neural lineages in the developing brain of the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, using diverse techniques including genetics, genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and computational biology. 

(2) We use Drosophila to understand the mechanisms underlying rare human diseases caused by mutations in RBPs. 

(3) We have initiated analyses of the role of RBPs in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by producing phage-displayed synthetic antibodies that recognize dozens of RBPs that have been implicated in the disease, and using the antibodies to study post-transcriptional regulation of the developmental transcriptome of iPS cells induced to differentiate into neurons.

Courses taught

  • MMG1001 Foundational Genetic Approaches I


  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science