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Michael A. McAlear

Associate Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Hall-Atwater Laboratories, 228

Associate Professor, Integrative Sciences


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BS McGill University
PHD McGill University

Michael A. McAlear

The McAlear lab's project is focused on understanding how cells respond to their environment by increasing or decreasing their capacity to produce proteins. Understanding the molecular mechanisms whereby cells turn on and off the machinery required for protein synthesis is vital for understanding how cells grow, divide, and divide abnormally including cancer. In particular, we have discovered that cells regulate gene expression, in part, by positioning a subset of the genes of individual regulons as immediate, adjacent gene pairs.


Academic Affiliations


Spring 2021
MB&B 315 - 01
Ribosome Biosynthesis Reg.

MB&B 558 - 01
Seminars in Molecular Biology

Fall 2021
MB&B 181 - 05
Principles of Biology

MB&B 181 - 06
Principles of Biology

MB&B 557 - 01
Research Seminars in Molec Bio