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  • David Knecht Retirement
    The recent retirement of Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology David Knecht might suggest the end of an era in MCB.  David joined our department in 1987 after undergraduate studies and a major in chemistry at Oberlin College, doctoral work in cell biology at the University of Wisconsin/Madison, and postdoctoral work on the molecular and […]
    Posted on May 16, 2023
  • MCB Student Among Nine UConn Students Named to Fulbright US Student Program
    Stephanie Schofield ’23 (CLAS) earned her UConn undergraduate degree in molecular and cell biology with a minor in psychological sciences. She will perform research in Heidelberg, Germany, and work with Magdalena Laugsch of the Heidelberg Institute for Human Genetics. She and Laugsch will study the genetics behind hereditary neurodevelopmental disorders, with a focus on early embryonic […]
    Posted on May 10, 2023
  • GO:MCB New Officers Announced
    President: Michael Griffith; Vice President: Josette Nammour; Treasurer: Dan Phillips; Secretary: Heather Jamieson; Outreach Coordinator: Camille Pearce; Diversity Facilitator: Emry Brannan; DEIC Grad Representatives: John Briseno, Sophia Gosselin
    Posted on May 4, 2023
  • Three MCB Students Win Undergraduate Research Symposium Awards
    Three MCB undergraduates who were selected to give talks at the All Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium last week have been selected by the panel of judges to receive an award. Teresa Tamborra-Walton has received the Outstanding Senior in MCB Award, Rayna Esch has received the Excellence in System Genomics Award, and Taylor Domingue has received […]
    Posted on May 3, 2023
  • Judith A. and David C. Kelly Summer MCB Research Fellowships Announced
    The MCB department is pleased to announce the 2023 recipients of the Judith A. and David C. Kelly Summer MCB Research Fellowship Awards. They are Sindy Gorka (Leighton Core’s lab), Klea Nito (Charlie Giardina’s lab), and Victoria Yi (Aoife Heaslip’s lab). The awards support three rising senior MCB majors in their research activities in an MCB Faculty laboratory […]
    Posted on May 1, 2023

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Recent Publications

Hanlon Lab:
B chromosomes reveal a female meiotic drive suppression system in Drosophila melanogaster
Curr Bio

Alexandrescu Lab:
NMR detection and conformational dependence of two, three, and four-bond isotope shifts due to deuteration of backbone amides.
J Biol NMR 

Santiago-Martinez Lab:
Methods for Culturing Anaerobic Microorganisms
Methods Mol Biol.

Campellone Lab:
F-actin-rich territories coordinate apoptosome assembly and caspase activation during DNA damage-induced intrinsic apoptosis.
Mol Biol Cell

Klassen Lab:
Plant pathogenic Ralstonia phylotypes evolved divergent respiratory strategies and behaviors to thrive in xylem.

Campellone Lab:
Branching out in different directions: Emerging cellular functions for the Arp2/3 complex and WASP-family actin nucleation factors
Eur J Cell Biol

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