Molecular Biology


Progress through research and mentoring.

Our faculty utilize a variety of model systems, such as yeast, C. elegans, mammalian cells and mice to study fundamental mechanisms of molecular and cellular biology. Our interests deal with questions addressing genetic pathways that regulate cell proliferation, cell fate, differentiation and cancer formation.

We pride ourselves in our teaching commitment and are involved in extensive teaching to graduate students as well as medical students.

Faculty mentors also host students every summer through Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences summer undergraduate research experience (SURE) and summer medical research fellowship programs (SMRF).

Our new home with Rowan University has presented many new opportunities for combined undergraduate/graduate accelerated programs leading to combined B.A. and Masters degrees.

Current Publications

  • Jin, C., Strich, R. and Cooper, K.F. . (2014) Slt2p phosphorylation induces cyclin C nuclear to cytoplasmic translocation in response to oxidative stress. Mol Biol Cell Epub Feb. 19: 2014; doi:10.1091/mbc.E13-09-0550
  • Cooper, K.F., Khakhina, S., Kim, S.K. and Strich, R.. (2014) Stress-Induced Nuclear to Cytoplasmic Translocation of Cyclin C Promotes Mitochondrial Fission in Yeast. Dev Cell 28: 161–173. PMID: 24439911.
  • Law M.J., Mallory M.J., Dunbrack R.L. Jr, Strich R.. Acetylation of the transcriptional repressor Ume6p allows efficient promoter release and timely induction of the meiotic transient transcription program in yeast. Mol Cell Biol (2014) Feb;34(4):631-42
  • Wei, Q., Shen, Y., Chen, X. , Shifman, Y. and Ellis, R.E.. Rapid creation of forward-genetics tools for C. briggsae using TALENs: lessons for non-model organisms. Mol. Biol. Evol. first published online November 5, 2013 doi:10.1093/molbev/mst213
  • Jin, C., Parshin, A.K., Strich,R., and Cooper, K.F.. Cyclin C connects stress sensors to programmed cell death in yeast. Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity Epub PMID: 24260614
  • Law, M.J., Lee D.S., Lee C.S., Anglim P.P., Haworth I.S., and Laird-Offringa, I.A.. The role of the C-terminal helix in the interaction of U1A protein with U1hpII RNA. Nucleic Acids Research 7092–7100 Nucleic Acids Research, 2013, Vol. 41, No. 14 Published online 22 May 2013 doi:10.1093/nar/gkt326
  • Krishnan, H., Ochoa-Alvarez, J.A., Shen, Y., Nevel, E., Lakshminarayanan, M., Williams, M.C., Ramirez, M.I., Miller, W.T., Goldberg, G.S..Serines in the Intracellular Tail of Podoplanin (PDPN) Regulate Cell Motility. (2013) Journal of Biological Chemistry 288, 12215-12221
  • Ellis, R.E. and Chen, X. Sex determination: How worms count to two. Current Biology (2013) 23: R573-R575
  • Guo, Y., Chen, X. and Ellis, R.E.. Evolutionary Change Within a Bipotential Switch Shaped the Sperm/Oocyte Decision in Hermaphroditic Nematodes. (2013) PLoS Genet 9: e1003850.
  • Tan GS, Lewandowski R, Mallory MJ, Strich R, Cooper K.F.. Mutually dependent degradation of Ama1p and Cdc20p terminates APC/C ubiquitin ligase activity at the completion of meiotic develoment in yeast Cell Div. (2013) Jul 1;8(1). PMID 23816140
  • Jin, C., Parshin, AK, Daly, I. Strich R. and Cooper, K.F. The cell wall sensors Mtl1, Wsc1, Mid2 are required for stress-induced nuclear to cytoplasmic translocation of cyclin C and programmed cell death in yeast. Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity In Press - 9/11/13
  • Neary, C.L. and J.G. Pastorino Akt inhibition promotes hexokinase 2 redistribution and glucose uptake in cancer cells J. Cell Physiol. (2013) 228:1943-1948

We are pleased to announce a new program: Master of Science in Histopathology. In response to increased demand for highly competent technicians in translational research, we have developed this unique, hands-on program to prepare students to conduct biomedical research, including basic molecular and cell biology techniques, as well as the processing and analysis of primary tissue, in translational research. (read more!)

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