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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

  • 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

  • Congratulation to Drs. Cynthia Cooper and Susan Wang!

    Mar 23, 2015
    Congratulation to Drs. Cynthia Cooper and Susan Wang in being promoted to associate professor with tenure. Dr. Cooper is based in Vancouver and is researching melanocyte functions using the zebrafish model organism. Dr. Wang is on the Pullman campus and studies enzymes required by some organisms for antibiotic biosynthesis.

  • 2015 Albert M. Kligman Travel Fellowship

    Mar 05, 2015

    Dr. Sho Hiroyasu, a post-doctoral researcher in the lab of Jonathan Jones, has been awarded a 2015 Albert M. Kligman Travel Fellowship to attend the annual meeting of the Society of Investigative Dermatology in May in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to the fellowship, Dr. Hiroyasu has been invited to give a minisymposium talk at the meeting. His presentation will be entitled ‘Collagen XVII regulates actin dynamics and traction forces in motile keratinocytes’.

    More information on the 2015 SID Annual Meeting may be found here

  • Natalie Peer wins 2nd place in the 2015 Wiley Exposition

    Feb 26, 2015

    We are very pleased to announce that Natalie Peer has been selected as the 2nd place winner in the Medical and Life Sciences category for her outstanding oral presentation. She will be receiving a $500 scholarship for her efforts.

    This year’s event was the most competitive event that was hosted, with over three hundred applications in the initial round of submissions, and over a hundred and fifty presentations taking place the day of the event. There was an overwhelming amount of cutting-edge research and scholarship on display, and all are to be commended for their efforts.

    More information on Dr. Wiley and the other winners may be found here

Upcoming Events & Seminars

  • Apr 20, 2015 09:00 AM

    PhD defense
    Frieda K. Chan
    a candidate for the PhD in Molecular Biosciences
    presents the seminar
    To Be or Not to Be: The Molecular Mechanisms that Regulate Spermatogonial Stem Cell Fate
    ​Monday, April 2​0th
    ​9:​00 ​AM
    BLS 402

  • Apr 20, 2015 02:10 PM

    SMB Seminar Series
    Sean R. Johnson
    Open Access Natural Products Spectral Databases: What’s Wrong with Them and What We’re Doing About It
    2:10 p.m.
    BLS 402

  • Apr 20, 2015 04:15 PM

    PSM Defense
    Rachael Fasnacht
    candidate for the degree of MS in Molecular Biosciences - PSM Option presents a seminar
    Project Management in Scientific Research
    4:15 PM
    BLS 401

  • Apr 22, 2015 02:00 PM

    PSM Defense
    Briyonne Heim
    candidate for the degree of PSM in MBIOS presents a seminar
    Oregon Research Institute: The Commercialization of a Youth Focused Tobacco Prevention Program and the Impacts of Intellectual Property Policy
    2:00 PM
    BLS 301

  • Apr 23, 2015 09:00 AM

    PhD defense
    Amanda M. Wager
    a candidate for the PhD in Molecular Biosciences
    presents the seminar
    Identification and Characterization of Transcription Factors Involved in the Regulation of Jasmonate Signaling
    April 23rd
    ​9:​00 ​AM
    BLS 402

  • Apr 30, 2015 12:10 PM

    Systems Virology: Host-Directed Strategies for Identifying Signatures, Targets, Drugs and Vaccine Strategies-Can we Help to Stop the Influenza, Aids, and Ebola Epidemics
    Presented by
    Dr. Michael Katze
    April 30, 2015
    BLS 402

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