News

  • Jonikas Lab discovers a motif that guides assembly of the algal pyrenoid
    November 11, 2020
    Researchers have discovered that assembly of the algal pyrenoid, a structure that mediates the incorporation of carbon dioxide into sugars, is guided by the presence of a particular protein sequence, or motif. The study appears November 11, 2020 in the open-access journal Science Advances.  
    Research
  • Imaging Life: A video featuring imaging technologies in support of research within the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University.
    November 2, 2020
    State-of-the-art imaging technologies are used in research programs across the Department of Molecular Biology and beyond. See how principal investigators Jared Toettcher, Danelle Devenport, Nieng Yan and Department Chair Bonnie Bassler are using these core-facility imaging resources to advance knowledge.
    Research
  • Eliza Prangley and Rachel Kaletsky
    October 27, 2020
    Eliza Prangley (GS) and Rachel Kaletsky (Postdoc) were honored for giving the best research talks at the MOL retreat.
    Department Announcement
  • Lena Basta
    October 27, 2020
      Lena Basta, a Molecular Biology graduate student in the Devenport Lab, was awarded the Thomas J. Silhavy Graduate Advocacy Prize for 2020 at the annual departmental retreat.  The Award is for the student who has shown outstanding dedication and service to the Graduate Program in Molecular Biology. 
    Department Announcement
  • Nicole Aiello and Brian Mahon
    October 27, 2020
    Nicole Aiello and Brian Mahon were recognized with the Postdoc Service Award at the 2020 MOL retreat for outstanding dedication to the Postdoc program in the Department of Molecular Biology. 
    Department Announcement
  • Matt Johnson and Cora Betsinger
    October 27, 2020
    MOL Postdoc Matt Johnson and graduate student Cora Betsinger were honored at the department retreat for their excellence in teaching.
    Department Announcement
  • October 22, 2020
    Researchers in the lab of Thomas Silhavy have identified a new bacterial protein that assists in delivering components to the outer membrane of the Gram-negative bacterium Escherichia coli.  
    Research
  • Yan Receives 2021 Anatrace Membrane Protein Award
    October 20, 2020
    Yan is being recognized for her seminal contributions to our structural understanding of the molecular mechanisms of membrane protein function and modulation. 
    Grants, Fellowships and Awards
  • Michelle Chan, Cameron Myhrvold, AJ te Velthuis
    October 6, 2020
    Michelle Chan, Cameron Myhrvold and AJ te Velthuis will join the MOL faculty as Assistant Professors this academic year.
    Department Announcement
  • Photo of Rohan Shah
    October 1, 2020
    Rohan Shah '20 writes a compelling summary of his last semester on campus and the race for a COVID vaccine. 
    Department Announcement
  • Jonathan Wang ’21 summer research on housing insecurity
    September 21, 2020
    When the pandemic shut down almost all on-campus research, students who had arranged in-person summer research internships needed to pivot quickly. Jonathan Wang ’21 spent his summer tracking how housing insecurity affects treatment outcomes for people affected by opioid addiction.
    Research
  • Kang finds keys to control the ‘driver of cancer’s aggressiveness’
    September 17, 2020
    “Do not erase.” “Recycle me.” “Free to a good home.” Inside our cells, a sophisticated recycling system uses its own enzymatic signs to flag certain cells for destruction — and a different set of enzymes can remove those flags.
    Research
  • Kicking off virtual fall teaching
    September 14, 2020
    The Department of Molecular Biology shipped laboratory kits to students around the world so they could conduct “at-home” experiments as part of their courses, and music and arts courses have been transformed so students can still get hands-on, practical experiences. 
    Department Announcement
  • Wingreen publishes study on species diversity in a bacterial community
    September 14, 2020
    In their paper appearing in the journal eLife, Princeton researchers Amir Erez, Jaime Lopez, Ned Wingreen and colleagues use mathematical modeling to explore how species diversity in a bacterial community is affected when the nutrients the microbes depend upon are only seasonally available. 
    Research
  • Murphy lab publishes study of learned avoidance of bacteria
    September 9, 2020
    Princeton researchers Rachel Kaletsky, Rebecca Moore, Coleen Murphy and colleagues have discovered that the microscopic roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans recognizes a small RNA made by a pathogenic bacterium, and uses that RNA to convey learned avoidance of the bacterium to offspring.  
    Research