Amy Vashlishan Murray

Associate Professor and Director of Curriculum Administration
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Amy Vashlishan Murray
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Dr. Vashlishan is a molecular biologist with research and teaching interests at the intersection of genetics, neurobiology, and public understanding of science.  Her current laboratory work utilizes genetic approaches to explore how neurons can adjust their activity in response to changes in the environment, leading to alterations in behavior.

A member of the National Association and Science Writers and theAmerican Association for the Advancement of Sciences, she also maintains a scholarly focus on the communication and impact of science. She has worked in exhibit development at the Boston Museum of Science and was a former director of the non-profit public science education program and seminar series Science in the News at Harvard Medical School.


  • Department Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Since 2009


B.A., College of the Holy Cross
Ph.D., Harvard University

Areas of Expertise

  • Communication Studies
  • Genetics
  • Neurobiology
  • Science