Alexis Cowan part of team mapping human cardiac fuel use
Nov. 30, 2020
Molecular Biology grad student Alexis Cowan, in the lab of Chemistry’s Joshua Rabinowitz, helped complete the first comprehensive, quantitative mapping of human cardiac fuel use, reporting that the heart preferentially and voraciously consumes fatty acids.
Social bacteria build shelters using the physics of fingerprint patterns
Nov. 28, 2020

A team at Princeton University has discovered the physics behind how certain rod-shaped bacteria, which align in patterns like those on fingerprint whorls and liquid crystal displays, build the layers of these fruiting bodies. The study was published online in Nature Physics.

Princeton University will open COVID-19 testing laboratory for campus community
Nov. 23, 2020

The COVID-19 testing laboratory, housed in Princeton’s Department of Molecular Biology, is part of the University’s comprehensive testing program. The testing lab is an integral part of the University’s overall health and safety measures. 

Jonikas Lab researchers have learned how an enigmatic organelle, the pyrenoid, is formed
Nov. 23, 2020

Shan He, Martin Jonikas, and colleagues have discovered how Rubisco holoenzymes assemble to form the algal pyrenoid, an organelle that mediates the incorporation of carbon dioxide into sugars. The study was published July 23, 2020 in the journal Nature Plants. 



Cameron Myhrvold named a STAT News "Wunderkind"
Nov. 16, 2020

The news site recognized Myhrvold's interest in Cas13 and his plan to continue developing CRISPR-based technologies at Princeton.

Jonikas Lab discovers a motif that guides assembly of the algal pyrenoid
Nov. 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.  

Video Feature: Imaging Life
Nov. 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.

Johnson and Betsinger win MOL BIO Teaching Awards
Oct. 27, 2020

MOL Postdoc Matt Johnson and graduate student Cora Betsinger were honored at the department retreat for their excellence in teaching.

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.