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  • New Publication for the Klassen Lab
    Fremin BJ, Bhatt AS, Kyrpides NC, Global Phage Small Open Reading Frame (GP-SmORF) Consortium* (*JL Klassen is a member of the GP-SmORF Consortium). 2022. Thousands of small, novel genes predicted in global phage genomes Cell Reports 39:110984
    Posted on June 27, 2022
  • Graf Receives 2022 CLAS Faculty Mentoring Award Graf Receives 2022 CLAS Faculty Mentoring Award
    Joerg Graf has been awarded the CLAS 2022 Faculty Mentoring of Graduate Students Award. The Faculty Mentoring Awards recognize faculty who demonstrate exemplary support, encouragement, and the creation of opportunities to enrich the learning and professional development of others. Awards are given in three categories each year: mentoring of faculty, mentoring of graduate students, and […]
    Posted on May 25, 2022
  • Congratulations MCB 2022 University Scholars
    Open to undergraduate students from all of the University's schools and colleges, the University Scholar Program allows students to design and pursue an in-depth research or creative project and to craft a learning plan that supports their interests and academic goals during their final three semesters. Each student is mentored by an advisory committee of […]
    Posted on May 16, 2022
  • 2022 Excellence in Applied Genetics and Technology Award
    Roshni Mehta has been awarded the 2022 Excellence in Applied Genetics and Technology Award. Each year UConn's Center for Applied Genetics and Technology of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences sponsors the award that is given to an outstanding graduating senior who has conducted original research in applied genetics/genomics using an innovative technology or […]
    Posted on May 9, 2022

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Fall 2023 MCB PhD Application Deadline: November 15, 2022

Upcoming Events

  1. Jul 8 MCB PhD Defense: Sean Pearson11:00am
  2. Aug 25 MCB Department Retreat10:00am
  3. Sep 27 MCB Seminar Series: Dr. Jeremy Rotty3:30pm
  4. Oct 4 MCB Seminar Series: Dr. Will Ludington3:30pm
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Recent Publications

Thousands of small, novel genes predicted in global phage genomes
Cell Rep.

An anti-ACVR1 antibody exacerbates heterotopic ossification by fibro-adipogenic progenitors in fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva mice.
J. Clin. Invest.

The Earth BioGenome Project 2020: Starting the clock

Pulse-field gradient nuclear magnetic resonance of protein translational diffusion from native to non-native states
Protein Sci

Simultaneous Single-Cell Genome and Transcriptome Sequencing of Termite Hindgut Protists Reveals Metabolic and Evolutionary Traits of Their Endosymbionts

Effect of actinorhizal root exudates on the proteomes of Frankia soli NRRL B-16219, a strain colonizing the root tissues of its actinorhizal host via intercellular pathway.
Res. Microbiol.

A favorable path to domain separation in the orange carotenoid protein
Protein Sci.

18S rRNA gene amplicon sequencing combined with culture-based surveys of maize rhizosphere protists reveal dominant, plant-enriched and culturable community members.
Environ. Microbio. Rep.

NADH/NAD+ binding and linked tetrameric assembly of the oncogenic transcription factors CtBP1 and CtBP2.
FEBS Letters

Draft Genome of Janthinobacterium lividum ID1246, isolated from a rainbow trout hatchery biofilm
Microbiol. Resour. Announc.

Representative Publications