Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Molecular Biology and Biochemistry focuses on the molecular basis of life — on mechanisms by which cells process, integrate and act on information to create and propagate living organisms. We utilize technologies in molecular genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, biophysics, genomics, and bioinformatics to investigate the Central Dogma — replication of biological information, regulation of gene expression, and mechanisms of protein function. Our program is inherently multi-disciplinary, with strong research and curricular connections with biology, chemistry, physics and computer science, and promises a strong academic foundation that enables students to address diverse challenges in their future careers. We welcome students of all interests and backgrounds to join us.

New Papers Published by Professor Padilla-Benavides

  1. Huna, A., Nawrocki-Raby, B., Padilla-Benavides, T., Gavard, J., Coscoy, S., Bernard,D. and Boissan, M. 2021. Loss of the Metastasis Suppressor NME1, But Not of Its Highly Related Isoform NME2, Induces a Hybrid Epithelial–Mesenchymal State in Cancer Cells.  International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 22 (7), 3718 https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms22073718 
  2. Campos-Parra, A.D., Pérez-Plasencia, C., Padilla-Benavides, T. and López-Urrutia, E. Editorial: Repurposed Drugs Targeting Cancer Signaling Pathways: Clinical Insights to Improve Oncologic Therapies. Frontiers in Oncology - Molecular and Cellular Oncologyhttps://doi.org/10.3389/fonc.2021.713040  

Lin ’22 Wins Poster Awards at Two Conferences

During the 65th Biophysical Society Annual Meeting held virtually Feb. 22–26, 2021 Shawn H. Lin '22 was honored with an Undergraduate Poster Award for his work on "Elucidation of Interactions Between Integration Host Factor and a DNA Four-Way Junction." Lin, a Wesleyan Freeman Scholar, is among only six undergraduate students internationally to receive the award.

Lin won a second award from the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, announced April 28, 2021, in the category of DNA, Chromosomes and Gene Regulation. 

Lin's advisors are Ishita Mukerji, Fisk Professor of Natural Science, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, and Candice Etson, assistant professor of physics. You can see the poster on Wesleyan's blog here.