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School of Molecular Biosciences

Molecular Biosciences can be viewed as a dynamic continuum in which approaches derived from chemistry, physics and biology address fundamental mechanisms of living things. The School of Molecular Biosciences offers exciting opportunities for students to explore a wide range of future career paths in the life sciences. More->

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SMB News and Announcements

  • Congratulations to our 2014 Summer Graduates

    Sep 08, 2014

    Congratulations to our 2014 summer graduates:

    Dr. Tyson Eucker, Ph.D. in Molecular Biosciences successfully defended his dissertation entitled Campylobacter jejuni Manipulates the Focal Complex to Invade Epithelial Cells and Induce Secretion of Interleukin-8 and has been accepted a position at Boehringer-Ingelheim Vetmedica in Ames, IA.

    Dr. Elizabeth (Lisa) Evans, Ph.D. in Molecular Biosciences successfully defended her dissertation entitled Investigating the Degradation of Retinoic Acid via Cytochrome P450 Enzymes, CYP26A1 and CYP26B1, in the Postnatal Testis and been accepted as a postdoc at the University of Texas – M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

  • Drs. Michael Smerdon and Peng Mao Find Crucial Step in DNA Repair

    Aug 19, 2014

    Congratulations to Regents Professor Michael Smerdon and Dr. Peng Mao, a postdoctoral researcher in his laboratory, for discovery of an early step in the process of repairing damaged DNA that has the potential to lead to new targets for the treatment of a number of human diseases including cancer.  In a study published in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Drs. Smerdon and Mao identified a chromatin response to DNA damage-induced RNA polymerase II arrest (deubiquitylation of histone H2B), that helps 'fine-tune' the chromatin landscape to allow DNA repair enzymes access to damage in chromatin while avoiding excess RNAPII degradation.  Modulation of this step in the repair process may eventually lead to more effective therapy for DNA repair-deficient diseases, such as Cockayne Syndrome, a disease that causes extreme sun sensitivity, nervous system degeneration and premature aging.  For more information go to:

  • New Faculty Search for Cellular Microbiology and Reproductive Biology Positions

    Aug 19, 2014
    SMB is pleased to announce that this month (August 2014) we are initiating searches for new faculty in the areas of 1) Cellular Microbiology and 2) Reproductive/Developmental Biology. The positions are full time and of open rank. We offer a very competitive start-up package and excellent infrastructure for carrying out state-of -the-art research. For further details please look at the following URLs on the WSU HR web site:

  • Dr. Eric Shelden Appointed to the PLOS ONE Editorial Board

    Jul 17, 2014

    Congratulations to Dr. Eric Shelden, Associate Professor in SMB, for his recent appointment to the Editorial Board of PLOS ONE.  This Online journal was launched in December, 2006, as an efficient and economical venue for disseminating research in all areas of science and medicine. Today it is the largest journal in the world, publishing well over 2000 articles per month.  PLOS ONE’s editorial criteria focuses on the technical quality of the work rather than any subjective judgments such as perceived novelty or limited relevance to a specialist field. 

Upcoming Events & Seminars

  • Sep 18, 2014 12:10 PM

    "Breaking Bad: Observing Polymerase-induced DNA Damage"
    Dr. Bret Freudenthal
    September 18, 2014
    Life Sciences 402

  • Sep 22, 2014 02:10 PM

    Frieda Chan
    presents the SMB Seminar:
    Cooperativity Between Id4 and Sox2 for Induction of Utf1 Expression Influences Maintenance of the Spermatogonial Stem Cell Pool
    BLS 402
    2:10 pm

  • Sep 25, 2014 12:10 PM

    "Untangling Membrane Rearrangement by the Nidoviralies: Lessons from SARS Coronavirus"
    Dr. Michael Buchmeier
    September 25, 2014
    Life Sciences 402

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