A member of the New York University faculty since 1999, Claude Desplan’s areas of research include developmental biology, genetics, and evolution. Using the relatively “simple” genetics of the fruit fly embryo, his research has helped illuminate evolution of embryonic patterning in arthropods, as well as the neurobiology of color vision. A former Howard Hughes Investigator, he has been honored by many institutions, including the Ecole Normale Supérieure de St Cloud, the Fondation Simone et Cino Del Duca, and the Fondation pour la Recherche sur le Cancer. He has won fellowships from the Fogarty International Center and European Molecular Biology Organization, and was an Andre Meyer Fellow at the Rockefeller University. As a teacher, he has developed a range of undergraduate and graduate courses including developmental neurobiology, molecular genetics and evolution and development. Professor Desplan earned his D.Sc./Ph.D. from Université Paris VII and his BsS. from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de St Cloud.