Mitch McVey, PhD

Mitch McVey, PhD

Professor of Biology



BA, Biochemistry, University of Colorado, Boulder
PhD, Molecular Biology, MIT
Postdoctoral Training, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


Campus: Medford
Office: 200 Boston Avenue
Laboratory: 200 Boston Avenue, Ste4741

Contact Information

Office Phone: 617-627-4196
Lab Phone: 617-627-0306
E-mail   Send an e-mail


Research Web Site  Lab Research Page
Recent Publications  Abstract in PubMed

Graduate Programs



Research Synopsis

My lab uses drosophila as a model organism to investigate how different DNA repair proteins are utilized to promote genome stability. Specifically, we are interested in how DNA double-strand breaks are recognized and repaired in various tissues and developmental stages of the animal. A current focus of the lab is the characterization of an alternative end joining pathway that involves large deletions and insertions of DNA at the break site. We are also utilizing tissue- and developmental stage-specific methods of inducing DNA breaks in order to query whether DNA repair pathways are differentially regulated throughout development.


Lab Members

Sarah Dykstra, Postdoctoral Scholar Send an e-mail Lab Research Page
Terrence Hanscom, PhD Student in Biology Send an e-mail 
Varandt Khodaverdian, PhD Student in Biology Send an e-mail Lab Research Page
Ece Kocak, Research Technician Send an e-mail 
Alice Miller, Senior Research Technician Send an e-mail Lab Research Page
Taylor Sands-Marcinkowski, PhD Student in Biology Send an e-mail 

Apply to the Sackler School


The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research