Molecular Biology

The main focus of the Molecular Biology Division is to understand the regulation of basic and disease-related cellular processes such as gene expression, hormonal signaling, RNA processing, DNA replication, recombination and repair.

Faculty and research interests

Primary Members



Kenneth W. Adolph

Gene structure and regulation

Anath Das

Molecular mechanisms of plant-pathogen interactions and plant gene expression


Aaron Goldstrohm (Division Director)

Gene regulation, Post-transcriptional control of messenger RNA stability, Translation and localization by RNA-binding proteins, mRNA untranslated regions and nucleases, Genetic mechanisms of development, Cancer, Obesity

Juan Carlos Rivera-Mulia

Juan Carlos Rivera Mulia

Control of genome organization and function during development & disease.

Paul G. Siliciano

Nucleic acid biochemistry; molecular genetics.

Secondary members

David A. Bernlohr

Mechanism of insulin action; regulation of gene expression by lipids; lipid transporters and lipid binding proteins; obesity and metabolic regulation.

Do-Hyung Kim

Biological networks that coordinate metabolism and growth

Janet L. Schottel

Nucleic acid biochemistry; molecular biology.

Thu Truong

Thu Truong

Cancer Stem Cells, Therapy Resistance, Steroid Receptors, and Cancer Metabolism

Molecular Biology Facilities


Genome Engineering Shared Resource
Co-Director: Eric Hendrickson
Manager: Brian Ruis