Staff Profiles

Catherine Dulac, Ph.D.

Harvard University

Catherine Dulac, Higgins Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Harvard University, also has a joint appointment in the Department of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School. In 1996, Dulac became assistant professor in the department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University and assistant investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. In 2000, she became associate professor and was promoted in 2001 to full professor and investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dulac graduated from the École Normale Supérieure de la rue d'Ulm, Paris, and received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Paris. She worked with Nicole Le Douarin at the Institut d'Embryologie du Collège de France on the developmental mechanisms of neural crest cell differentiation, and as a postdoctoral fellow with Richard Axel at Columbia University, identified the first candidate genes encoding mammalian pheromone receptors. Dulac's laboratory is currently investigating the molecular basis of the sensory coding of pheromone signals in the olfactory system. Her work utilizes the tools of molecular biology and mouse genetics to uncover the neural basis for specific behaviors in the mammalian brain.