Bassler wins the 2023 Canada Gairdner International Award
March 30, 2023

The government of Canada announced today that Bonnie Bassler is being awarded the Canada Gairdner International Award 2023 alongside Michael Silverman and E. Peter Greenberg “for their discoveries of how bacteria communicate with each other and surrounding non-bacterial cells, providing a new paradigm for how microbes behave and yielding novel avenues for therapeutics against infectious diseases.”

Donia and Ploss awarded Princeton accelerator funding
March 16, 2023

Six new innovations with potential to benefit society will receive university funding to aid in the transition from early-stage research into real-world products and services. Two of the six projects awarded in 2022 are to faculty in the Department of Molecular Biology.


Ploss Lab researchers find a path toward Hep E treatment
March 1, 2023

In a paper published Feb. 28 in the journal eLife, a team of researchers headed by Alexander Ploss settle a debate about a key protein in hepatitis E (Hep E), which could open the way to developing treatments for a tiny virus that poses an outsized threat to public health around the globe.

Jimah wins 2023 Sloan Research Fellowship
Feb. 16, 2023

John Jimah, Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology, has been awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship in neuroscience.

Ploss Elected into American Academy of Microbiology
Feb. 15, 2023

Alexander Ploss, Professor of Molecular Biology, is among 65 new fellows elected to the Class of 2023 of the American Academy of Microbiology.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science
Feb. 11, 2023

36% of the current faculty of the Princeton University Department of Molecular Biology are women. The department celebrates the United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

Bassler and Wühr receive Transformative Equipment Fund Awards
Jan. 24, 2023

Six new grants to enable Princeton researchers to acquire state-of-the-art equipment or replace aging scientific instruments have been awarded through the Provost and Dean for Research Transformative Equipment Initiative.

Princeton’s technology accelerator fund celebrates 10 years of fueling innovations
Jan. 19, 2023

In its first decade, Princeton's IP Accelerator Fund supported research that led to the formation of 22 startups.

Brooks is Hypothesis Fund Grantee
Jan. 18, 2023

The Fund announcement recognizes his research toward better understanding the "impact of rhythmic antimicrobial protein production on the structure and function of the microbiome."

Reflections on mentorship as an early career researcher
Dec. 8, 2022

A "relentless advocate for the success" of her own trainees, Molecular Biology alumna Dorothy A. Lerit *10, received the 2022 Günter Blobel Early Career Award at Cell Bio 2022.

Krystal Lum and Brandon Trejo awarded 2022 NIH-funded NJ ACTS Translational Science fellowships
Nov. 16, 2022

For many young researchers, the great promise of a career in basic research is the opportunity to make discoveries that are transformative not just in the laboratory but in society at large. However, experimental challenges are not the only hurdles that must be surmounted before a new discovery can reach the patients and policymakers who need it.

New biophysics graduate program draws leading faculty from across the University
Oct. 18, 2022

Princeton is launching a Ph.D. program in biophysics for students who want to study at the interface between living systems and physics, at every scale from molecules to ecosystems, including both experimental and theoretical work.

The multidisciplinary program is led by professors from across the University: from the Lewis-Sigler…

Mark Esposito is 2022 Tiger Entrepreneur Award winner
Oct. 13, 2022

Mark Esposito *17, who earned his Ph.D. and was also a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Yibin Kang, Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Professor of Molecular Biology, has been named a 2022 Tiger Entrepreneur Award winner. Esposito is co-founder and vice president of Kayothera, a startup spinout from the lab of…

Zemer Gitai, Distinguished Innovator
Oct. 12, 2022

Molecular biologist Zemer Gitai has been named the winner of the Dean for Research Award for Distinguished Innovation. The award is given annually to honor a technology or innovation led by a Princeton faculty member whose scholarly activity and creative thinking provides solutions to societal challenges.  

Zemer Gitai,…

2022 MolBio Retreat Award Recipients
Oct. 11, 2022

Last weekend's 2022 MolBio Annual Retreat gave students, postdocs, and faculty a chance to hear, see, and discuss research going on across the department, and it was a chance to mingle, dine, and dance with colleagues beyond one's own lab group -- and there were some awards conferred:

DEI Advocacy Award: Luke Soucy,…