About the Department

Student Announcements

Events & Seminars

  • March 11 at 4:10 pm Dr. Jose de la Torre (San Francisco State Univ.), Life Sciences room 1022


  • The Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics is proud to welcome 4 new faculty members: Jacqueline Barlow, Sean Collins, Katherine Ralston, and Mariel Vazquez. (more…)


  • Pervasive and Essential Roles of the Top3-Rmi1 Decatenase Orchestrate Recombination and Facilitate Chromosome Segregation in Meiosis. [Hunter]
  • Top3-Rmi1 Dissolve Rad51-Mediated D Loops by a Topoisomerase-Based Mechanism. [Heyer] [Kowalczykowski]
  • TOPping Off Meiosis (A Minireview highlighting the two publications by the Hunter and Kowalczykowski/Heyer laboratories). [Haber]


Awards & Fellowships

  • Dr. Jie Liu, Assistant Project Scientist in Professor Wolf-Dietrich Heyer’s laboratory, received an R21 award from the National Cancer Institute to elucidate the structure and function of the breast and ovarian cancer tumor suppressor protein BRCA2. The project involves high-resolution electron microscopy in collaboration with Professor Jawdat Al-Bassam from the Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology. Congratulations!

  • Duy Tran, an undergraduate working in Dr. Lifeng Xu’s lab for the past 2 years, was awarded the CBS 2014 Undergraduate Student of the Year. This award is given annually to a graduating senior in recognition of outstanding academic achievement, participation in significant research activities, and involvement in the campus and community. Congratulations!