MCB News

NEW OPPORTUNITY! Undergraduate Education in Aging & Geroscience Research Program

New paid summer research opportunities at UConn or UConn Health – Education in Aging & Geroscience Research (EAGR) Program. To learn more about becoming an EAGR Scholar, enrolling in geroscience coursework, and applying for funded summer research in labs at UConn and UConn Health, visit or contact

MCB Seminar Series: Dr. Michael Church

Tuesday, December 5, 3:30 PM, BPB 130 Dr. Michael Church, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Stowers Institute for Medical Research Host: Stacey Hanlon Regulating metabolism through control of gene expression Summary: Protein complexes that affect DNA accessibility by sliding/evicting nucleosomes are conserved throughout Eukarya, and play an important role in gene regulation. In the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, one […]

MCB Seminar Series: Dr. Shaun Brinsmade

Tuesday, November 28, 2023, 3:30 PM, BPB 130 Dr. Shaun Brinsmade, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Georgetown University Host: Michel Giovani Santiago-Martinez Integrating metabolism and virulence in Staphylococcus aureus Summary: Metabolism fuels infection, and virulence can be thought of as a mechanism to maintain homeostasis. In my talk, I’ll discuss our current work to understand […]

Passing of Dr. Ken Doeg

Kenneth A. Doeg, 92, of Storrs Mansfield, CT passed away on November 5, 2023. He was born in West Hoboken, NJ, and graduated from Montclair Teacher’s College in 1952. He received his doctorate in biochemistry at Rutgers University in 1957 followed by postdoctoral work at the Enzyme Institute at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In […]

MCB Seminar Series: Dr. Victoria Jeffers

Dr. Victoria Jeffers, Assistant Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical Sciences, University of New Hampshire Host: Aoife Heaslip Placing a BET on bromodomains in Toxoplasma gondii Summary: Epigenetic regulation of gene expression through acetylation of histones in Apicomplexan parasites is essential for parasite infection and transmission. The role of […]

MCB Seminar Series: Dr. Binyam Mogessie

Dr. Binyam Mogessie, Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Yale Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, Yale Wellcome Trust and Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellow Host: Barbara Mellone “Emerging mechanisms of chromosome segregation in mammalian eggs” Summary: Meiotic chromosome segregation generates fertilizable eggs from immature oocytes. In this talk, I […]

MCB Seminar: Dr. Tara McAllister

Dr. Tara McAllister, Research Fellow, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand Host: Dr. Kat Milligan-McClellan Tuesday, September 26, 2023, 3:30 PM, BPB 130 “Formidable Phormidium: toxic cyanobacteria in New Zealand rivers” Summary: In this seminar, Dr McAllister will explore the physicochemical factors that lead to toxic benthic cyanobacterial blooms in New Zealand rivers. She […]

MCB Seminar: Dr. Janko Gospocic

Dr. Janko Gospocic, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Green Center for Reproductive Biology Sciences, UT Southwestern Medical Center Host: Jelena Erceg “Hormones and High Society: Control of Caste Identity in Ants” Summary: Social insects are exceptional model organisms to study how epigenetic factors and gene regulation modulate neuronal circuitry resulting in specific social behaviors, in […]

Annual MCB Department Retreat

The Annual MCB Department Retreat was held on 8/24/23. In the morning, Department Head Carol Teschke announced the 2023 Summer Fellowship Awards followed by Research Lightning Talks from MCB Assistant Professors Erceg, Hanlon, Heaslip, Milligan-McClellan and Santiago-Martinez. A poster session was held with 21 labs represented. Food trucks provided delicious lunch options and the day […]

MCB PhD Students Awarded Poster Prizes at the 2023 FASEB Summer Research Conference on Microbial Pathogenesis

Josette Nammour (Robinson Lab) won an award for her poster entitled Altered Guanine Nucleotide Binding by the Bacterial Translation Factor BipA Negates Actin Pedestal Formation by Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli. Corey Theodore (Campellone Lab) won an award for his poster entitled Cytoskeletal requirements for maintaining lysosomal integrity during autophagy. Both poster awards were sponsored by the […]