Rachel Fink, Ph.D.

Rachel Fink, Ph.D.

Professor of Biological Sciences


B.A., Cornell University, 1978
Ph.D., Duke University, 1984

Postdoctoral Training

Department of Biology, Yale University; and Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole; with J.P. Trinkaus, 1984-1986

Research Interests

Cytoskeletal dynamics in living fish embryos: How microfilament and microtubule behavior relates to cell rearrangements during embryogenesis.


  • Biology 200  How Organisms Develop  (spring)
  • Biology 305  The Cellular and Molecular Basis of Development  (fall)
  • Biology 321  Animal Cloning: Past, Present and Future  (spring)

Selected Publications

Fink, R.D. 2002. Cloning, stem cells, and the current national debate: Incorporating ethics in a large introductory biology course. Cell Biology Education. 1: 132-144.

Fink, R.D. and P. Wadsworth. 2002. Actin dynamics in living Fundulus embryos. 4 sequences. In: Cooper, M.S. (Ed.). Zebrafish: The Living Laboratory. cd-rom. University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

Fink, R.D. and M.S. Cooper. 1996. Apical membrane turnover is accelerated near cell-cell contacts in an embryonic epithelium. Devel. Biol. 174:180-189.

Fink, R.D. (Ed.) 1995. CELLebration. The American Society for Cell Biology and Sinauer Associates, Inc. VIDEO, 36 min.

Fink, R.D. (Ed.). 1991. A Dozen Eggs: Time-lapse Microscopy of Normal Development. The Society for Developmental Biology and Sinauer Associates, Inc. Sunderland, MA. VIDEO, 43 min.