Cholera bacteria infect more effectively with a simple twist of shape
Jan. 12, 2017

Princeton University researchers have discovered that the bacteria behind the life-threatening disease cholera initiates infection by coordinating a wave of mass shapeshifting that allows them to more effectively penetrate their victims' intestines.

Jonikas Lab: Engineering Photosynthesis
Jan. 11, 2017

The Jonikas lab in the Department of Molecular Biology is using robotic systems to analyze strains of photosynthetic algae to understand the cellular process for photosynthesis, with an ultimate goal of helping to enhance global food production.

New tool shines a light on protein condensation in living cells
Jan. 4, 2017

Princeton researchers have unveiled a new tool that uses light to manipulate proteins inside cells in order to better explore cellular operation and possibly disease development.

Montondo wins Arthur Epstein Service Award
Dec. 2, 2016

Matthew Montondo, Faculty Assistant to Professors Enquist, Gavis, Petry and Schwarzabauer, is the recipient of the 2016 Arthur Epstein Service Award.

Kang named fellow of AAAS
Nov. 21, 2016

Yibin Kang, the Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Professor of Molecular Biology, was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Bassler awarded Pearl Meister Greengard Prize
Nov. 17, 2016

Bonnie Bassler received the The Rockefeller University's Pearl Meister Greengard Prize, which honors extraordinary women scientists, on November 16, 2016.

Cristea research highlighted at Celebrate Princeton Invention
Nov. 14, 2016

Among the researchers highlighted at this year's Celebrate Princeton Invention was Professor of Molecular Biology Ileana Cristea.  Her discoveries may lead to ways to treat mitochondrial diseases, cancer and viral diseases. Cristea discusses her research in this video.

Wühr lab takes a global view of the cell
Oct. 28, 2016
Martin Wühr, who joined the Department of Molecular Biology and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics as an assistant professor in July, seeks to understand how biological molecules organize themselves into cells.
Max Wilson receives NJ Health Foundation Innovation Grant
Oct. 27, 2016

Max Wilson, a postdoctoral research associate in Princeton University's Department of Molecular Biology, has received a $50,000 Innovation Grant from the New Jersey Health Foundation to advance two projects aimed at controlling cell behavior to improve treatments for a wide range of diseases.

Scientists get their first look into how bacteria construct a slimy biofilm fortress
Oct. 18, 2016

Princeton researchers have for the first time revealed the mechanics of how bacteria build up slimy masses, called biofilms, cell by cell. When encased in biofilms in the human body, bacteria are a thousand times less susceptible to antibiotics, making certain infections, such as pneumonia, difficult to treat and potentially lethal.  


Bassler elected to National Academy of Medicine
Oct. 18, 2016

Bonnie Bassler, Princeton University's Squibb Professor of Molecular Biology and department chair, was one of 79 new members elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Bassler is Princeton's 10th current academy member. Academy membership is considered…

2016 Molecular Biology Retreat Awards
Oct. 9, 2016

Molecular Biology graduate students were presented with this year's department awards at the Annual Retreat on October 7th.


Donia receives 2016 Kenneth Rainin Foundation Breakthrough Award
Oct. 5, 2016

Molecular Biology Assistant Professor Mohamed Abou Donia has been chosen for a 2016 Breakthrough Award by the Kenneth Rainin Foundation for his work on IBD and Crohn's Disease.

New method identifies protein-protein interactions on basis of sequence alone (PNAS)
Oct. 4, 2016

Researchers have used mathematical analysis to figure out whether two proteins interact with each other, just by looking at their sequences and without having to train their computer model using any known examples. 

Petry and Toettcher receive 2016 NIH Director's New Innovator Award
Oct. 4, 2016

Molecular Biology Assistant Professors Sabine Petry and Jared Toettcher are both recipients of a 2016 NIH Director's New Innovator Award.