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Stephen Crews

Professor of Biochemistry
& Biophysics, Adjunct Professor of Biology

Contact Information

Office: 321 Fordham Hall
Email: steve_crews[at]
Office Phone: (919) 423-8236
Lab Phone: (919) 962-3155

Crews Lab Website

Research Description

At a Glance

  • Formation and differentiation of Drosophila neurons and glia
  • Regulation of nervous system transcription
  • Axon:glial interactions


Our laboratory is concerned with the molecular mechanisms that govern the development of the Drosophila central nervous system, including: (1) how neuronal and glial precursor cells are generated, (2) how neurons acquire their differentiated properties, and (3) how glia migrate and ensheath axons. The primary focus of the lab is on studying neuronal and glial development at the level of transcriptional control. The lab is also interested in mechanisms of cell migration and neuron-glial interactions that include the study of cell adhesion proteins.