Director & Co-Director
Claire Moore, PhD, Natalie V. Zucker Professor of Developmental, Molecular & Chemical Biology at Tufts University School of Medicine, directs the Tufts IRACDA program. Dr. Moore received her PhD from the University of North Carolina and completed postdoctoral training with Dr Philip Sharp at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she contributed to experiments that led to Dr. Sharp's Nobel Prize. She joined the faculty at Tufts in 1986.
Her research focuses on the post-transcriptional processing of eukaryotic messenger RNA and its role in the regulation of gene expression, especially when cells must adapt to sub-optimal growth conditions. This work has been supported by awards from NIH, NSF, and the American Cancer Society.
In addition to her research, Dr. Moore has led innovations in education at Tufts designed to promote diversity in biomedical research. She developed the first summer minority training program for young researchers, a program that has helped more than 400 young scientists of diverse backgrounds pursue careers in science and medicine, and helped establish the Post-baccalaureate Research Experiences Program, which provides apprenticeships for recent graduates who are interested in pursuing research careers in the biomedical sciences. In addition to her work with these programs, she has developed two training programs that link biomedical scientists and engineers in novel ways that promote interdisciplinary interaction.
Mitch McVey, Professor of Biology, is Tufts IRACDA Co-Director. Dr. McVey joined the Arts and Sciences faculty in 2005 and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2011. An active participant in the TEACRS program since his arrival at Tufts, Dr. McVey assumed his role as Co-Director in 2010. Dr. McVey received his BA degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder and after completing his PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, joined the SPIRE Program at the University of North Carolina for postdoctoral training. Through his participation in SPIRE, he gained a first-hand understanding of the goals and mission of IRACDA training and a strong desire to improve undergraduate education in Biology.
Dr. McVey’s research focuses on molecular mechanisms of DNA repair in metazoans, using Drosophila as a model. His group has been supported by a CAREER Award from the NSF, an American Cancer Society Research Scholar Award, the Ellison Medical Foundation, and the NIH. His lab also participates in the NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program based in the Biology Department.