The mission of MCB is to understand fundamental biological processes at the molecular and cellular levels across all domains of life. We accomplish this through research, classroom teaching, and laboratory training directed at promoting the intellectual curiosity and critical thinking of individuals at all career levels including undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research staff members, and faculty.


  • First-Ever Sequencing of Great Ape X and Y Chromosomes
    UConn researchers helped complete nationwide effort to understand ape genome. Tor the first time, researchers have assembled a complete “end-to-end” reference genome for the sex chromosomes of five great ape species and one lesser ape species. The findings shed light on the evolution of sex chromosomes and inform understanding of diseases related to genes on these chromosomes in both apes and humans.
    Posted on June 18, 2024
  • Education in Aging and Geroscience Research Program (EAGR) announces 2024 Scholars
    EAGR Program Director, Kenneth Campellone is pleased to announce that six undergraduate students have been named as 2024 scholars. Bailey Millis, Kelsey Gorgei, Emily Szydlo, Elizabeth Parkerson, Milad Zameeri, and RoseMina Notch will participate in an immersive, hands-on Summer research program in Geroscience research labs at UConn and UConn Health. The UConn Undergraduate Education in […]
    Posted on June 3, 2024
  • Arcane Archaea
    The Santiago-Martinez lab uses modern approaches to investigate ancient things. -by Stacey Hanlon Cellular life on Earth can be classified into one of three domains: Eukarya (Eukaryota), Bacteria, and Archaea. Though most of us are familiar with species that fall into the Eukaryota and Bacteria domains, those belonging to the Archaea domain are often ignored […]
    Posted on May 20, 2024

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  1. Aug 8 MCB Dissertation Defense: Nidhi Vijayan 2:00pm
  2. Aug 19 New PhD and MS Grad Student Orientation 8:30am
  3. Aug 22 MCB Department Retreat 10:00am
  4. Aug 27 MCB Seminar Series: Dr. Matthew Anderson 3:30pm
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Recent Publications

Giardina Lab:
Early onset colorectal cancer: Cancer promotion in young tissue.
Biochem Pharmacol

Alexandrescu Lab:
The temperature dependence of hydrogen bonds is more uniform in stable proteins: analysis of NMR h3JNC' couplings in four protein states

Lynes Lab:
Bacterial metallothionein, PmtA, a novel stress protein found on the bacterial surface of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and involved in management of oxidative stress and phagocytosis.

Gogarten Lab:
Neighboring inteins interfere with one another's homing capacity
PNAS Nexus

Lynes Lab:
Extracellular metallothionein as a therapeutic target in the early progression of Type 1 Diabetes

Lynes Lab:
Stress biology: Complexity and multifariousness in health and disease

Teschke Lab:
Bacteriophage P22 SieA-mediated superinfection exclusion

Representative Publications