Christina Wahl

Associate Professor of Biology
Stratton 213


Christina Wahl

"I am fascinated by the wonders of nature, and the opportunity to uncover them myself. Often, students initially pursue biology because they want to become doctors and veterinarians. Once they become more familiar with the discipline, it's great to see them engage in it for its own merits. I try to bring some new appreciation for the natural world to my students."

Professor Wahl is interested in the physiological mechanisms of development. She has worked on the spatial organization and functional assembly of the vertebrate head, including embryonic regenerative processes and patterning of the retina, eye, and oculomotor system. She enjoys studying the relationship between behavior and development of sensory systems in precociously functional vertebrates.


1980 B.S. Cornell University
1985 M.S. Cornell University, Physiology
1990 Ph.D. Cornell University, Physiology

Select Publications

Wahl, C.M. (2012) editor, Morphometrics. InTech publication ISBN 978-953-51-0172-7. DOI: 10.5772/2138.

Wahl, C. M., T. Takagi, T. Li, and H.C. Howland. (2011) The effects of light regimes and hormones on corneal growth in vivo and in organ culture. Journal of Anatomy Volume 219, Issue 6, pages 766–775, December 2011.

Wahl, C. M., Tong Li, Tsering Choden, and Howard Howland. (2009) Morphometrics of corneal growth in chicks raised in constant light. Journal of Anatomy 214; 355-361.

Loew, E.R., and Wahl, C.M. (2008) Photoreception. In Fish larval physiology. Edited by R.N. Finn and B.G. Kapoor. Science Publishers, Enfield, N.H. pp. 395–424.

Wahl, C. M. (2007) Periocular Mesenchyme: The interactions of neural crest and mesoderm. Chapter 3, vol. 1; Duane's Foundations of Clinical Opthalmology, ed. Tasman, Jaeger, Harper and Row, publ.

Gigli, I., R. Cushman, C. Wahl, and J.E. Fortune (2005) Evidence for a Role for Anti-Mullerian Hormone in the Suppression of Follicle Activation in Mouse Ovaries and Bovine Ovarian Cortex Grafted beneath the Chick Chorioallantoic Membrane. Journal of Molecular and Developmental Reproduction, 71: 480-488.

Cushman, R. A., C. M. Wahl, and J.E. Fortune (2002) Bovine ovarian cortical pieces grafted to chick embryonic membranes: A model for studies on the activation of primordial follicles. Human Reproduction, vol. 17 no. 1: 48-54.

Wahl, C.M., and D.M. Noden (2001) Cryptic responses to tissue manipulations in avian embryos. International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience, vol. 19 no. 2: 183-196.

Courses Taught

  • Vertebrate Zoology
  • Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Biology of Organisms
  • Developmental Biology
  • Introduction to the Scientific Literature
  • Advanced Research in the Biological Sciences