Mustafa Mir, PhD

Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Member, Center for Computational and Genomic Medicine


I received my PhD in Electrical Engineering in  2013 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign working with Gabriel Popescu. During my graduate work I invented new microscopes that provide high resolution quantitative phase images of living cells. I then applied these new microscopes to a variety of problems in medicine and the basic life sciences, ranging from clinical pathology of blood samples, to single cell growth, and neural development. 


For my postdoctoral work I joined the labs of Xavier Darzacq and Robert Tjian at the University of California, Berkeley where I studied gene regulation in Drosophila embryos using a combination of advanced microscopy methods (especially single molecule imaging), biochemistry, and genomics.

I started my lab at UPenn and CHOP in January 2021. We focus on utilizing and developing advanced fluorescence microscopy methods and analysis tools to study gene regulation and nuclear organization during early embryonic development.