Mustafa Khokha, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care) and of Genetics

Departments & Organizations

Pediatrics: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine: Pediatric Critical Care Transport Program | Pediatric Genomics Discovery Program (PGDP)

Genetics: Khokha Lab

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development

Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research


We are interested in how embryonic pattern is generated and the resultant congenital malformations that occur when patterning fails. During development, the egg must activate a cascade of genes in order to form our body structure and establish correct pattern along the body axes. We are deeply interested in the gene regulatory networks that are necessary to create critical signals in specific embryonic locations at appropriate developmental stages. These signals must be carefully orchestrated in order to generate forms that are essential to function and the overall fitness of the organism.

Our main approach is gene discovery from patients with congenital malformations, and then study them in our rapid, human model, Xenopus tropicalis. Recently, the remarkable advances in human genetics/genomics is transforming our understanding of the causes of congenital malformations. Traditionally gene discovery in these patients was very challenging, but new sequencing technologies enable gene discovery in these patients. In human studies, we have identified many new genes and are analyzing their patterning mechanisms in Xenopus. Combining human genetics with a high-throughput model system has allowed us to discover new genetic mechanisms and novel understanding of how development proceeds.

Education & Training

MD Northwestern University Medical School (1995)
BS Northwestern University (1991)
Fellow Molecular & Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley
Fellow Pediatric Critical Care, University of California, San Francisco
Resident Resident Pediatrics, St. Louis Children's Hospital, 1995-98

Honors & Recognition

  • Mallinckrodt ScholarEdward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation (2014)

  • Mae Gailani Junior Faculty Teaching AwardYale University (2010)

  • Harvey Colten AwardWashington University (2009)

  • Pediatric Scientist Development Program (PSDP) Fellow (1996)

  • Kingsley Fellowship in Medical Research (1996)

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Student Research Fellow (1993)

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Contact Info

Mustafa Khokha, MD
Patient Care Locations
Yale Pediatric Critical Care MedicineYale New Haven Children's Hospital
1 Park Street, Ste West Pavilion 2nd Floor

New Haven, CT 06504
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Yale Pediatric GeneticsYale New Haven Children's Hospital
1 Park Street, Ste West Pavilion, 2nd floor

New Haven, CT 06504
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Lab Location
Khokha LabFitkin Memorial Pavilion
789 Howard Avenue, Ste FMP 425

New Haven, CT 06519
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Office Location
Office - Mustafa KhokhaFitkin Memorial Pavilion
789 Howard Avenue, Ste FMP 410

New Haven, CT 06519
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Mailing Address
Pediatric Critical Care MedicinePO Box 208064
New Haven, CT 06520-8064

Curriculum Vitae

Khokha Lab