Carolyn Adler, PhD

Department of Molecular Medicine

Assistant Professor

Carolyn Adler's Lab

Department of Molecular Medicine

C3-177 VMC Veterinary Medical Center
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Ithaca, NY 14853

Office: 607.253.3608

Research Interest

The goals of my lab are to understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms driving organ regeneration. To do this, we study one of the champion regenerators of the animal kingdom, planarian flatworms. Injury stimulates these cells to divide, resulting in rapid tissue regeneration. We aim to understand how stem cells produce differentiated cells that coalesce to form functional organs, in an animal where regeneration proceeds without inhibition. We use genetic tools such as next-generation sequencing and RNA interference combined with cell biological and behavioral analysis to dissect how cells coordinate their activity to regenerate individual organs.


  • PhD, University of California, San Francisco, 2005
  • BA, Wesleyan University, 1996

Biography/Professional Experience

  • 2015-Present, Research Scientist, Cornell University
  • 2006-2015, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Utah and Stowers Institute for Medical Research


  1. Adler, C., Sánchez Alvarado, A. (2015) Types or States? Cellular Dynamics and Regenerative Potential. 25:687-696.

Awards and Honors

  • 2008-2009, Ruth L. Kirschstein Individual NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship, NIH
  • 2006-2008, Developmental Biology Training Grant Postdoctoral Trainee, University of Utah
  • 2002-2003, Julius and Patricia Krevans Fellowship, UCSF
  • 1999-2002, National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, NSF