College of Veterinary Medicine

School of Molecular Biosciences

Molecular Biosciences can be viewed as a dynamic continuum in which approaches derived from chemistry, physics and biology address fundamental mechanisms of living things. The School of Molecular Biosciences offers exciting opportunities for students to explore a wide range of future career paths in the life sciences. More->

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SMB News and Announcements

  • Drs. Michael Smerdon and Peng Mao Find Crucial Step in DNA Repair

    Aug 19, 2014

    Congratulations to Regents Professor Michael Smerdon and Dr. Peng Mao, a postdoctoral researcher in his laboratory, for discovery of an early step in the process of repairing damaged DNA that has the potential to lead to new targets for the treatment of a number of human diseases including cancer.  In a study published in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Drs. Smerdon and Mao identified a chromatin response to DNA damage-induced RNA polymerase II arrest (deubiquitylation of histone H2B), that helps 'fine-tune' the chromatin landscape to allow DNA repair enzymes access to damage in chromatin while avoiding excess RNAPII degradation.  Modulation of this step in the repair process may eventually lead to more effective therapy for DNA repair-deficient diseases, such as Cockayne Syndrome, a disease that causes extreme sun sensitivity, nervous system degeneration and premature aging.  For more information go to: https://news.wsu.edu/2014/08/18/wsu-researchers-find-crucial-step-in-dna-repair/#.U_ONBk3n_cs


  • New Faculty Search for Cellular Microbiology and Reproductive Biology Positions

    Aug 19, 2014
    SMB is pleased to announce that this month (August 2014) we are initiating searches for new faculty in the areas of 1) Cellular Microbiology and 2) Reproductive/Developmental Biology. The positions are full time and of open rank. We offer a very competitive start-up package and excellent infrastructure for carrying out state-of -the-art research. For further details please look at the following URLs on the WSU HR web site:
    https://www.wsujobs.com/postings/13077
    https://www.wsujobs.com/postings/13076

  • Dr. Eric Shelden Appointed to the PLOS ONE Editorial Board

    Jul 17, 2014

    Congratulations to Dr. Eric Shelden, Associate Professor in SMB, for his recent appointment to the Editorial Board of PLOS ONE.  This Online journal was launched in December, 2006, as an efficient and economical venue for disseminating research in all areas of science and medicine. Today it is the largest journal in the world, publishing well over 2000 articles per month.  PLOS ONE’s editorial criteria focuses on the technical quality of the work rather than any subjective judgments such as perceived novelty or limited relevance to a specialist field. 


  • Pilot workshop about STEM teaching with a twist

    Jul 17, 2014
    July 21-24: Pilot workshop about STEM teaching with a twist

    The WSU College of Veterinary Medicine’s Teaching Academy and the Provost’s Office are hosting a “Scientific Teaching” workshop on the Pullman campus from July 21-24th. . Taught by members of the National Academies Summer Institute, 24 pre-registered participants from WSU will learn how to improve undergraduate-level teaching and draw diverse students into STEM careers (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

    The goal is to provide training in the principles of Scientific Teaching to WSU STEM and allied faculty so that they can leave the workshop with a plan for implementing best teaching practices in their classrooms this coming academic year.  WSU is serving as a pilot institution for this new model for wide-scale faculty development in educational pedagogy at a single university.  The Institute is supported by the CVM Teaching Academy and the WSU Office of Undergraduate Education in the Provost’s Office.  For more information contact: Dr. William B. Davis, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, CVM and Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies, School of Molecular Biosciences. 

Upcoming Events & Seminars

  • Sep 04, 2014 12:10 PM

    SMB Seminar Series
     Dr. Cynthia Cooper
    presents
    Novel mechanisms for balancing pigment cell life and death in model organism zebrafish
    BLS 402

  • Sep 08, 2014 02:10 PM

    SMB Seminar Series
    Dr. Susan Wang
    presents
    Mission: Impossible - The Challenge of Non-Nucleophilic Enzymatic Methyl Transfer
    BLS 402

  • Sep 11, 2014 12:10 PM

    "TBA"
    Dr. Tej Pandita
    September 11, 2014
    12:10-1:00pm
    BLS 402

  • Sep 15, 2014 02:10 PM

    Abigail Green
    presents the SMB Seminar:
     Sorghum bicolor caffeic acid O-methyltransferase: structure, kinetic analysis, and the structural impact of three brown midrib12 mutations

    BLS 402
    2:10 pm

  • Sep 18, 2014 12:10 PM

    "TBA"
    Dr. Bret Freudenthal
    September 18, 2014
    12:10-1:00pm
    Life Sciences 402

  • Sep 22, 2014 02:10 PM

    Frieda Chan
    presents the SMB Seminar:
    Cooperativity Between Id4 and Sox2 for Induction of Utf1 Expression Influences Maintenance of the Spermatogonial Stem Cell Pool
    BLS 402
    2:10 pm


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