Aiello and Mahon recognized for service to MOL BIO
Oct. 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. 

Lena Basta wins 2020 Silhavy Award
Oct. 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. 

Prangley and Kaletsky win awards for best talks at MOL retreat
Oct. 27, 2020

Eliza Prangley (GS) and Rachel Kaletsky (Postdoc) were honored for giving the best research talks at the MOL retreat.

Silhavy researchers discover a new protein involved in assembly and maintenance of the bacterial outer membrane
Oct. 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.  

Nieng Yan to Receive 2021 Anatrace Membrane Protein Award
Oct. 20, 2020

Yan is being recognized for her seminal contributions to our structural understanding of the molecular mechanisms of membrane protein function and modulation. 

Chan, Myhrvold and te Velthuis to join MOL faculty
Oct. 6, 2020

Michelle Chan, Cameron Myhrvold and AJ te Velthuis will join the MOL faculty as Assistant Professors this academic year.

Rohan Shah '20 Summarizes the Race for a COVID Vaccine
Oct. 1, 2020

Rohan Shah '20 writes a compelling summary of his last semester on campus and the race for a COVID vaccine. 

Jonathan Wang ’21 summer research on housing insecurity
Sept. 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.

Kang Lab finds keys to control the ‘driver of cancer’s aggressiveness’
Sept. 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.

Wingreen and colleagues develop new theory on how diverse species coexist in microbial communities
Sept. 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.

Kicking off virtual fall teaching
Sept. 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.


Murphy Lab researchers discover how worms pass knowledge of a pathogen to offspring
Sept. 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.


Mohamed Donia Wins Vilcek Prize
Sept. 8, 2020

Mohamed Abou Donia received the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science for demonstrating the potential of the human microbiome as a source of novel drugs and uncovering the basis of microbiome-driven drug metabolism.

Nieng Yan Receives Award from Graduate Women in Science
Aug. 24, 2020

Nieng Yan, the Shirley M. Tilghman Professor of Molecular Biology, will be given the Florence R. Sabin Award for Research Excellence by Graduate Women in Science (GWIS). Dr. Yan is interviewed in this month's GWIS newsletter.

Princeton to Lead Multi-Institution Clinical Study Examining Genetic and Social Determinants of Heart Health in Disadvantaged Children
Aug. 19, 2020

Researchers at Princeton University’s Department of Molecular Biology and the Bendheim-Thomas Center for Research on Child Wellbeing (CRCW) will receive a $9-million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHBLI) to conduct an innovative study on heart health, genetics, and social determinants among vulnerable children in 12 cities across the United States.