Study reveals ways in which cells feel their surroundings
July 18, 2017

A new study led by researchers in the Wingreen lab finds that the typical cell’s environment is highly varied in the stiffness or flexibility of the surrounding tissue, and that to gain a meaningful amount of information about its surroundings, the cell must move around and change shape.

Petry lab receives new funding from partnership with Humboldt University in Berlin
July 17, 2017

Molecular Biology Assistant Professor Sabine Petry is one of three faculty to receive 2017-2018 funding from the renewed strategic partnership of Princeton with Humboldt University in Berlin. 

Children who sleep less may age faster at a cellular level
July 7, 2017

Dr. Dan Notterman and graduate student Sarah James used a database to show that children who sleep less have shorter telomeres.

Beltran named to Harold W. Dodds Fellowship
June 20, 2017

Pierre Jean Beltran, a graduate student in the Cristea lab in Molecular Biology, is the recipient of the Harold W. Dodds Fellowship, which was established in 1957 in honor of Princeton's 15th president.  His research is about understanding how viruses remodel organelles to facilitate viral replication and spread.

Levine elected to EMBO for excellence in life sciences
June 19, 2017

Michael Levine, the Anthony B. Evnin ’62 Professor in Genomics and Professor of Molecular Biology, is one of 65 outstanding life scientists elected June 16 to membership of EMBO.


Krystal Lum receives NIH National Research Service Award
June 16, 2017

Molecular Biology graduate student Krystal Lum, a member of the Cristea lab, was awarded the NIH National Research Service Award (NRSA) for her project "Bridging virology with proteomics to define cell immune signaling upon infection."

Mohamed Abou Donia chosen as Pew Scholar
June 15, 2017

MOL BIO Assistant Professor Mohamed Abou Donia was chosen as a 2017 Pew Scholar. The Donia lab researches how chemicals produced by the bacteria in our body (the human microbiome) can be used to treat human diseases.

Chemical coatings boss around bacteria, in the bugs’ own language
June 1, 2017

Rsearchers in the Bassler, Stone and Muir labs have developed a way to place onto surfaces special coatings that chemically “communicate” with bacteria, telling them what to do. The coatings, which could be useful in inhibiting or promoting bacterial growth as needed, possess this controlling power over bacteria because, in effect, they “speak” the bugs’ own language.

Study identifies RNA molecule that shields breast cancer stem cells from immune system
May 22, 2017

Researchers in the Kang lab have identified a small RNA molecule that helps maintain the activity of stem cells in both healthy and cancerous breast tissue.

Senior Jennifer Lee wins award at Princeton Research Day 2017
May 18, 2017

Jennifer Lee won the Gold Award for Best Poster at Princeton Research Day for her poster on her senior thesis project in the Toettcher Lab titled "Using Optogenetics to Investigate How Cells Make Decisions." 

How TPX2 helps microtubules branch out
May 15, 2017

A new study in the Petry lab has revealed insights into how new microtubules branch from the sides of existing ones.

Beauty in science: The art and elegance of a great experiment
May 11, 2017

Shirley M. Tilghman is teaching a new freshman seminar this semester called "What makes a great experiment?"

Former graduate student Wai-Hong Tham named International Research Scholar
May 9, 2017

Former Molecular Biology graduate student and member of the Zakian lab Wai-Hong Tham has been named an International Research Scholar by HHMI, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation,who sponsor this award for early-career scientists poised to advance biomedical research across the globe.

Study reveals the multitasking secrets of an RNA-binding protein
April 4, 2017

Researchers in the Gavis lab at Princeton University and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences have discovered how a fruit fly protein binds and regulates two different types of RNA target sequence. The study may help explain how various RNA-binding proteins, many of which are implicated in cancer and neurodegenerative disease, perform so many different functions in the cell.

Researchers develop technique to track yellow fever virus replication
March 14, 2017

Researchers from Princeton University‘s Department of Molecular Biology have developed a new method that can precisely track the replication of yellow fever virus in individual host immune cells. The technique could aid the development of new vaccines against a range of viruses, including Dengue and Zika.