MolBio alumna Biney-Amissah is 2023 C3E International Award Winner
Sept. 13, 2023

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the winners of the 2023 Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Awards, honoring 11 women for outstanding leadership and accomplishments in clean energy. Among them, Elizabeth (Lizzie) Biney-Amissah '05, a molecular biology concentrator, has been honored as the 2023 C3E…

Singling out a bacterium from the crowd
Sept. 11, 2023

Bacteria are nearly ubiquitous and have tremendous impacts on human and ecological health. And yet, they remain largely mysterious to us. Princeton MOL faculty Zemer Gitai, Britt Adamson and…

Bassler Lab: How eavesdropping viruses battle it out to infect us
July 26, 2023

They can lie low, quietly infiltrating the body’s defenses, or go on the attack, making many copies of themselves that explode out of hiding and fire in all directions. Viral attacks are almost always suicide missions, ripping apart the cell that the virus has been depending on. The attack can only succeed if enough other healthy cells are…

The best spots to see and be seen in the chloroplast
July 11, 2023

Chloroplasts are a specialized structure found inside the cells of land plants and red and green algae. Through the process of photosynthesis, chloroplasts convert sunlight and atmospheric carbon dioxide into the starches we eat and the oxygen we breathe. Despite their importance, we have only a fuzzy idea of how chloroplasts work. Now, a study…

Petry selected to receive Dean for Research Innovation Funds
June 14, 2023

Sabine Petry, associate professor of molecular biology, together with Joshua Shaevitz, professor of physics and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics are among five groups selected to receive the Dean for Research Innovation Funds for New Ideas in the Natural Sciences. The fund supports the…

Brooks named Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences
June 13, 2023

The Pew Charitable Trusts announced today that John Brooks, assistant professor of molecular biology at Princeton University, is one of 22 new Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences.

Brooks and the other Pew scholars will receive four years of funding to spearhead innovative studies exploring human health and…

Bassler receives Princess of Asturias Award from the Spanish Crown
June 8, 2023

Bonnie Bassler, the Squibb Professor in Molecular Biology, has been awarded the 2023 Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research. The Princess of Asturias Awards are the highest form of recognition bestowed by the Spanish Crown and among the most important prizes conferred in the European Union.

Class of 2023 MolBio Award Recipients
June 2, 2023

Hearty Congratulations to the Class of 2023 MolBio Award Recipients honored on Class Day, Monday, May 29, 2023!


"These awards honor a terrific group of seniors for their exemplary senior thesis research and writing, and we wish them the very best in their future endeavors," noted Elizabeth Gavis,…

Laevsky will judge 49th Annual Nikon Small World Competition
May 31, 2023

Nikon Instruments Inc. announced the judging panel for the 2023 Nikon Small World photomicrography and Small World in Motion video competitions, to be held June 6–8 at the Marine Biological Lab (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Ed Cara, Science and Health Reporter at Gizmodo; James Cutmore, Picture Editor at BBC Science Focus…

Katchur wins 2023 Princeton Research Day Graduate Student Impact Award
May 11, 2023

Graduate student Nicole Katchur's 2023 Princeton Research Day presentation received the Graduate Student Impact Award. Katchur is an MD/PhD candidate at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Princeton…

Schmidt funding awarded to Chan and Mallarino
May 5, 2023

Three projects with the potential to open new avenues in science and engineering — mapping the body’s “electrome,” miniaturizing imagers to monitor the environment and human health, and accelerating gene editing for the treatment of disease — have been selected for funding through Princeton’s…

Community-Engaged Undergraduate Scholars
May 3, 2023

During the winter break between the 2022-23 academic year semesters, MolBio concentrators Leuna Sen '24, Jack Shigata '23, and Gillian Hilscher '23 stepped up to contribute to the Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship.

Could antiviral fabrics go viral?
April 28, 2023

The te Velthuis lab has been awarded support from the Dean for Research Innovation Fund for New Industrial Collaborations. A.J. te Velthuis, assistant professor of molecular biology, will collaborate with…

Upending ideas about the origins of flying mammals
April 18, 2023

Flying squirrels, sugar gliders and bats haven’t had a common ancestor in 160 million years, but they form their wing flaps using some of the same genetic ingredients.

That’s the intriguing finding from a Princeton-led team of biologists, detailed recently in the journal Science Advances. In other words, when the seven known flying…