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  • DNA repair protein Rad54 acts like a three-way zipper in forming a key intermediate in recombinational DNA repair. Read more here and read the article in Molecular Cell from the Heyer laboratory.
  • Two species of bacteria living on the ocean floor have teamed up in a unique symbiotic relationship to form a critical link in the Earth’s nitrogen cycle, reports a research team that includes Professor Scott Dawson and his graduate student Marissa Hirst. [Full Story]


  • Regulation of Yersinia protein kinase A (YpkA) Kinase Activity by Multisite Autophosphorylation and Identification of an Amino-terminal Substrate-binding Domain in YpkA. [Navarro]
  • YCL047C/POF1 is a Novel Nicotinamide Mononucleotide Adenylyltransferase (NMNAT) in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. [Lin]
  • The Mus81-Mms4 structure-selective endonuclease requires nicked DNA junctions to undergo conformational changes and bend its DNA substrates for cleavage. [Heyer]

Awards & Fellowships

  • 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!

  • Trevor Croft (Lin Lab) was selected to receive a 2014 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship that will provide him with 3 years of stipend support. Congratulations!