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School of Molecular Biosciences

Molecular Biosciences can be viewed as a dynamic continuum in which approaches derived from chemistry, physics and biology are utilized to address the 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

  • Dr. Pat Hunt elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences, joining Dr. Smerdon in this elite group. Congratulations!

    Jul 27, 2015

    SMB's Dr. Pat Hunt has been elected into the Washington State Academy of Sciences for 2015. Click here for the WSU News story: Four elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences.

  • Research Spotlight: A recent publication from the lab of Dr. Mike Konkel entitled "Intestinal Microbiota Modulate Campylobacter jejuni Colonization of Mice,"

    Jul 08, 2015
    Research Spotlight: A recent publication from the lab of Dr. Mike Konkel entitled "Intestinal Microbiota Modulate Campylobacter jejuni Colonization of Mice," published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology was included in Editor Spotlights
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  • Congratulations to Dr. Steven Roberts as his Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) Breakthrough Award was recommended for funding!

    Jun 23, 2015
    The Department of Defense (DoD) office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) has informed Steve Roberts that the Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) Breakthrough Award - Funding Level 1 application he submitted is recommended for funding. The application was entitled “Synthetic Lethality between APOBEC-Induced DNA Damage and Base Excision Repair Inhibition as a Treatment Strategy for Breast Cancer”
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  • Congratulations Raven Symone Conyers

    May 21, 2015

    Congratulations to undergraduate researcher Raven Symone Conyers who was one of 15 national students who secured travel funding from the Genetics Society of America (GSA) to attend the 20th annual international C. elegans meeting at UCLA in June 2015. Raven works in the lab of Dr. Jenny Watts studying fat metabolism and aging.

  • Grant Funding News!

    Apr 17, 2015
    Good news on the funding front, as four significant new research grants have been awarded to SMB faculty in the last few weeks. Drs. Susan Wang and Eric Shelden will be receiving funding from the NSF. Dr. Pat Hunt will receive a new RO1 grant from the NIH and Dr. Jon Oatley’s NIH renewal RO1 application has also been funded. To learn more about these research projects, visit

Upcoming Events & Seminars

  • Aug 06, 2015

    Ph.D. candidate in Molecular Biosciences
    Travis J. Kent
    will present his defense seminar entitled
    Retinoic Acid Synthesis and Degradation: Implications for Proper Germ Cell Development
    Biotechnology/Life Sciences 402
    9:00 a.m.

  • Aug 19, 2015

    SMB Annual Conference

    Quality Inn Suites and Conference Center
    700 Port Dr.,Clarkston, WA
    Wednesday, August 19, 2015


  • Aug 20, 2015

    Special Seminar      

     Dr. Teng-Leong Chew,
    Advanced Imaging Center
    Janelia Research Campus
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    “Accessing the Emerging Imaging Technologies at HHMI Janelia

    Thursday, August 20, 2015


    Hosted by Dr. Jonathan Jones 

      BLS 402       
    12:10 - 1:00 PM


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