About the Department

Student Announcements

Events & Seminars

  • October 30 at 2:30 pm: Dr. Mitchell Singer, “Early regulatory control of development in Myxococcus xanthus“, Life Sciences room 1022

  • November 5 at 4:10 pm: Dr. Stephen Kowalczykowski, “Understanding Biology, One Molecule and One Step at a Time”, Life Sciences room 1022


  • 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]


  • The cytosine chemoreceptor McpC in Pseudomonas putida F1 also detects nicotinic acid. [Parales]
  • Alteration of NCoR corepressor splicing in mice causes increased body weight and hepatosteatosis without glucose intolerance. [Privalsky]
  • Replication initiation and genome instability: a crossroads for DNA and RNA synthesis. [Barlow]

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!