Karen Crawford

Professor Emerit of Biology

Karen Crawford


Drawn to and fascinated by patterns in nature, Dr. Crawford studies the mechanisms that direct form and function in developing embryos and regenerating animals. At St. Mary's College she studies limb regeneration in salamanders and worms, while her summer research at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, explores early embryogenesis in cephalopods. She also serves as the chair for our Health Sciences Advisory Committee.

Areas of Research Specialization

  • Developmental Biologist
  • Regenerative Biology
  • Embryologist

Areas of Teaching Specialization

  • Developmental Biology
  • Human Anatomy/Biology


  • B.S. in Zoology at University of Massachusetts, 1980
  • M.S. in Anatomy at University of Illinois, 1985
  • Ph.D. in Anatomy at University of Illinois, 1987