Caryl Forristall

Chair, Professor, Biology

Caryl Forristall


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 Taught

BIOL 239 Molecular Genetics and Heredity

BIOL 348 Developmental Biology

BIOL 332 Nutrition

BIOL 405 Research in Molecular Biology and Development

BIOL 341 ER Observations

BIOL 131 Principles of Biology

BIOL 107 Concepts of Biology


Previous Teaching Experience

1993-4: Visiting Assistant Professor, Mount Holyoke College

Professional Experience

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


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.

Awards, Honors, Grants

Mortar Board Professor of the Year, 2001-2002, University of Redlands

Outstanding Faculty Award in Teaching, 1997, University of Redlands


Society for Developmental Biology

American Association for the Advancement of Science