Caryl Forristall

Professor, Biology


Ph.D. Genetics, University of California, Berkeley, 1989;

B.S. Biology, Newton College, 1975


Biology, Appleton Hall
P: 909.748.8521
P: 909-748-8920

Areas of Expertise

Developmental Biology and Genetics, the Development of Xenopus laevis, in particular the development of the ear.


I study the role of X-Wnt3a in the development of the ear of Xenopus laevis using a variety of embryological and molecular techniques. I work in collaboration with Dr. Andres Collazo at the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles.

Courses Offered at Redlands

  • Biology 239 Molecular Genetics and Heredity

  • Biology 348 Developmental Biology

  • Biology 332 Nutrition

  • Biology 405 Research in Molecular Biology and Development

  • Biology 341 ER Observations

  • Biology 131 Principles of Biology

  • Biology 107 Concepts of Biology

Previous Teaching Experience

Visiting Assistant Professor, Mount Holyoke College, 1993-4

Professional Experience

Postdoctoral Associate Cell Biology and Anatomy 1992-3
Postdoctoral Fellow Biochemistry 1989-1992

Awards and Honors

Mortar Board Professor of the Year, 2001-2002, University of Redlands
Outstanding Faculty Award in Teaching, 1997, University of Redlands


Forristall, C., A. Castillo, and A. Collazo. (2009) Dorsalventral Patterning of the developing inner ear. Developmental Biology (Abstract).

Forristall, C. (2009) Using Writing to Teach Developmental Biology, Using Developmental Biology to Teach Writing. Developmental Biology (Abstract).

Forristall, C., S. Kil, J. Gregorius and A. Collazo (1998) Gene Expression in the Developing Frog Inner Ear. Molecular Biology of the Cell (Abstract).

Kil, S., Forristall, C. and A. Collazo (1998) Gene Expression in the Developing Frog Inner Ear. Society of Neuroscience 24: 902 (Abstract).

Valenzuela, M., and C. Forristall (1998) Effects of Exogenous Estrogen on Early Xenopus Development. Developmental Biology 198: 208 (Abstract).

Forristall, C., M. Pondel, Y. Zhou, L. Chen, and M.L. King (1995) Patterns of Localization and Cytoskeletal Association of Two Vegetally Localized RNAs, Vg1 and Xcat-2. Development 121:201-208.

Mosquera, L., C. Forristall, Y. Zhou, and M.L. King (1993) A mRNA Localized to the Vegetal Cortex of Xenopus Oocytes Encodes a Protein with a Nanos-like Zinc Finger Domain. Development 117: 377-387.

Elinson, R.P., M. L. King, and C. Forristall (1993) Isolated Vegetal Cortex from Xenopus Oocytes Selectively Retains Localized mRNAs. Developmental Biology 160: 554-562.

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for Developmental Biology

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science