Biological Science
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Associate Professor

Office: Science Hall 201B
Phone: 856-256-4500, ext.3577

Coordinator, STEM Symposium
Coordinator, BioJobs email list


Fall 2013:

Biological Systems & Applications:

Required texts:

1.  Madigan et al. 13th ed. Brock Biology of Microorganisms   032164963X, 978-0321649638

2.  Reece et al. 9th ed. Campbell Biology  0321558235, 978-0321558237

Additional required:

1. Black permanent sharpie marker, fine tip recommended
2. Laboratory notebook (may be bound or three-ring; we will discuss this on the first day of class)

Introduction to Biochemistry:

Required texts:

1. Berg et al.  7th ed. Stryer Biochemistry.  ISBN-10 1429229364 (13 digit 978-1429229364).

2. Deis et al.  Student Companion to accompany Biochemistry 7th ed. ISBN-10 1429231157 (13 digit 978-1429231157).



1995, Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Princeton University, NJ
M.A. in Molecular Biology, Princeton University, NJ
1988, B.S. in Molecular Genetics, University of Rochester, NY

Research Interests

Application of microbial genetics techniques to environmental and applied microbiology questions


• Mosto, P., M. Savelski, S.H. Farrell, and G.B. Hecht. 2007. Future of chemical engineering: Integrating biology into the undergraduate ChE curriculum. Chemical Engineering Education 41: 43-50.

• Holler, K., S. Farrell, G.B. Hecht, and P. Mosto. 2004. Integrating biological sciences into the lower level Chemical Engineering curriculum. Chemical Engineering Education 38: 108-112.

• Mire, C.E., J.A. Tourjee, W.F. O'Brien, K.V. Ramanujachary, and G.B. Hecht. 2004. Lead precipitation by Vibrio harveyi: Evidence for novel quorum sensing interactions. Applied & Environmental Microbiology 70: 855-864. Full text.

• Hecht, G.B., P. Mosto, and C.S. Slater (2003). Effectiveness of an applied microbiology course specifically designed for chemical engineering majors. Microbiology Education 4: 13-22. Full text.

• Burton, G.J., G.B. Hecht, and A. Newton (1997). Roles of the histidine protein kinase PleC in Caulobactermotility and chemotaxis. Journal of Bacteriology179: 5849-5853. Full text.

• Hecht, G.B., and A. Newton (1995). Identification of a novel response regulator required for the swarmer-to-stalked-cell transition in Caulobacter crescentus. Journal of Bacteriology 177: 6223-6229. Full text.

• Hecht, G.B., T. Lane, N. Ohta, J.M. Sommer, and A. Newton (1995). An essential single domain response regulator required for normal cell division and differentiation in Caulobacter crescentus. EMBO Journal 14: 3915-3924. Full text.

• Lane, T., A. Benson, G.B. Hecht, G. Burton, and A. Newton (1995). Switches and signal transduction networks in the Caulobacter crescentus cell cycle. In Signal Transducing Switches, J.A. Hoch and T.J. Silhavy, ed. American Society for Microbiology, Washington, DC.

• Newton, A., G.B. Hecht, T. Lane, and N. Ohta (1994). Role of histidine protein kinases and response regulators in cell division and polar morphogenesis in Caulobacter crescentus. In Cellular and Molecular Biology of Phosphate and Phosphorylated Compounds in Microorganisms, A.M. Torriani-Gorini, ed. American Society for Microbiology, Washington, DC.