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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

  • Professor Patricia Hunt Awarded the Zoetis Veterinary Research Excellence Award

    Oct 06, 2014
    Congratulations to Dr. Patricia Hunt, a Professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences, who has been awarded the 2014 Zoetis Veterinary Research Excellence Award from the College of Veterinary Medicine at WSU in recognition of her outstanding research accomplishments.  The award is given to faculty who have made significant contributions to research that benefits veterinary medicine.  Dr. Hunt will be presented with the award and also give a talk on her research at the CVM Research Symposium Banquet, which will be on October 30, 2014.   More information about the award and previous CVM recipients can be found on:  http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/awards/faculty/zoetis.aspx

  • Associate Professor Weihang Chai receives $1.45 million grant from NIH

    Sep 17, 2014
    Congratulations to Weihang Chai for receiving a $1.45 million grant from the National Institute of Health.  The grant will study the role of the CST protein complex in preserving genome stability.  Read more about the award here.

  • 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: https://news.wsu.edu/2014/08/18/wsu-researchers-find-crucial-step-in-dna-repair/#.U_ONBk3n_cs


Upcoming Events & Seminars

  • Oct 21, 2014 09:00 AM

    SMB PhD Defense
    by
    Abigail Green
    presents a seminar entitled
    A Structure-Based Analysis of Bioengineering Targets in Phenyl Metabolism for Green Biotechnology Applications

    BLS 402
    9:00 am

  • Oct 22, 2014 03:00 PM

    Alexander Walker
    in conjunction with 2nd proposal presents the seminar
    Structural and kinetic characterization of a hydroxycinnamoyl-CoA transferase from Sorghum bicolor
    BLS 402
    3:00 - 3:30 pm

  • Oct 23, 2014 12:10 PM

    "Mechanism and consequence of LINE retrotransposition"
    Dr. Jeffrey Han
    October 23, 2014
    BLS 402
    12:10pm - 1:00pm

  • Oct 27, 2014 12:10 PM

    "The role of the Y chromosome in directing spermatogenesis"
    Dr. Monika Ward
    Institute for Biogenesis Research
    University of Hawaii
    October 27, 2014
    12:10pm - 1:30pm
    BLS 402


  • Oct 27, 2014 02:10 PM

    Diana Browning
    in conjunction with 2nd proposal presents a seminar:
    Development of Novel Insulated Foamy Retroviral Vectors for Hematopoietic Stem Cell Gene Therapy
    BLS 402
    2:10 pm

  • Oct 27, 2014 02:35 PM

    SMB Seminar presented by
    Simon Newkirk
    Characterization of L1 transgenes with the endogenous 5’UTR promoter
    BLS 402
    2:35 pm


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