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Congratulations Selin Kutlu, Michael Glasser, Rebecca Jacobsen, and Julian Weiss, inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

Congratulations Noah Hamlish '16, recipient of Thomas J. Watson Fellowship

Hamlish, a molecular biology and biochemistry major from Chicago, will research “Blue Revolutionaries: The Human Experiences Surrounding Aquaculture (farmed fish and seafood) in Coastal and Island Communities” in Norway, Scotland, Thailand and New Zealand.  Read More

Congratulations Amy MacQueen and Rich Olson, promoted to Associate Professors of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry! 

Amy MacQueen, Associate Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Professor MacQueen is a geneticist and molecular cell biologist whose research focuses on meiosis, the process of splitting and recombination of genetic material that occurs when reproductive cells are formed.  Her work seeks to understand the fundamental cellular mechanisms of these events, which may ultimately clarify how errors arise in this process, which can lead to birth defects such as Down syndrome.  MacQueen has received significant NIH grant support and has published several high-impact papers on her research in this area.  She teaches courses on cell biology and advanced labs in molecular biology and genetics.

Rich Olson, Associate Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Professor Olson’s research uses X-ray crystallography and other biophysical methods to study the structure and function of proteins that are central to health and disease.  His work, supported by a significant NIH grant, seeks to discover how otherwise benign bacteria transform into dangerous human pathogens.  Olson’s highly-cited 2011 article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on the structure of a pore-forming toxin associated with cholera has had a significant impact on the field.  He teaches courses on membrane protein structure and signal transduction.