Caryn L. Navarro, PhD

Assistant Professor, Medicine

Caryn Navarro
72 E. Concord St Building A


My work converges the areas of genetics, cell biology, molecular biology and biochemistry to understand how cell polarity is established and maintained. I also use techniques in these areas to explore how piRNAs protect the cell from DNA damage.

Other Positions

  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences


  • University of Connecticut, PhD
  • Indiana University Bloomington, BS


  • Published on 3/26/2016

    Sanghavi P, Liu G, Veeranan-Karmegam R, Navarro C, Gonsalvez GB. Multiple Roles for Egalitarian in Polarization of the Drosophila Egg Chamber. Genetics. 2016 05; 203(1):415-32. PMID: 27017624.

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  • Published on 9/19/2014

    Ott KM, Nguyen T, Navarro C. The DExH box helicase domain of spindle-E is necessary for retrotransposon silencing and axial patterning during Drosophila oogenesis. G3 (Bethesda). 2014 Nov; 4(11):2247-57. PMID: 25239103.

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  • Published on 8/4/2011

    Rangan P, Malone CD, Navarro C, Newbold SP, Hayes PS, Sachidanandam R, Hannon GJ, Lehmann R. piRNA production requires heterochromatin formation in Drosophila. Curr Biol. 2011 Aug 23; 21(16):1373-9. PMID: 21820311.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 5/28/2009

    Navarro C, Bullock S, Lehmann R. Altered dynein-dependent transport in piRNA pathway mutants. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Jun 16; 106(24):9691-6. PMID: 19478063.

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  • Published on 4/11/2004

    Navarro C, Puthalakath H, Adams JM, Strasser A, Lehmann R. Egalitarian binds dynein light chain to establish oocyte polarity and maintain oocyte fate. Nat Cell Biol. 2004 May; 6(5):427-35. PMID: 15077115.

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  • Published on 8/1/2003

    Morris JZ, Navarro C, Lehmann R. Identification and analysis of mutations in bob, Doa and eight new genes required for oocyte specification and development in Drosophila melanogaster. Genetics. 2003 Aug; 164(4):1435-46. PMID: 12930750.

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  • Published on 3/6/2001

    Navarro C, Lehmann R, Morris J. Oogenesis: Setting one sister above the rest. Curr Biol. 2001 Mar 6; 11(5):R162-5. PMID: 11267882.

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  • Published on 6/9/2000

    Morris J, Lehmann R, Navarro C. Development. PARallels in axis formation. Science. 2000 Jun 9; 288(5472):1759-60. PMID: 10877696.

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