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Molecular Biology Faculty

Please visit our Faculty Index for participating faculty accepting PhD students from the Molecular Biology Program!

Faculty from the seven diverse departments of Biochemistry, Human Genetics, Neurobiology, Nutrition and Integrative Physiology, Oncological Sciences, the School of Biological Sciences and the Division of Microbiology and Immunology are actively seeking students for rotations and thesis research. MBP students have a variety of choices to carry out cutting-edge research mentored by world-class scientists.


Molecular Biology Affiliate Faculty

A number of University of Utah faculty are affiliated with the Molecular Biology Program and have active research labs but who are not taking PhD students at this time. These faculty are included in the Affiliate list below.



Research Interest

Atkins, John Human Genetics Reprogrammed Decoding/Ribosome
Beckerle, Mary Oncological Sciences Cell Adhesion, Cytoskeleton, Mouse Models, Knockout mice, pre-clinical mouse models of cancer, Ewing sarcoma
Blumenthal, Don Pharmacology and Toxicology Protein Kinases
Christian, Jan Neurobiology Bone morphogenetic proteins, Hematopoiesis, Signal transduction during embryonic patterning
Condic, Maureen Neurobiology Developmental Neurobiology, Interactions of sensory neurons with extracellular matrix
Dearing, Denise School of Biological Sciences Molecular ecology, evolution of detoxification, herbivores, plant toxins
Goldenberg, David School of Biological Sciences Protein Biophysics
Golic, Kent School of Biological Sciences Chromosome Structure/Function
Jensen, Peter Microbiology and Immunology Antigen Presentation
Lindsley, Janet Biochemistry Teaching Metabolism and Nutrition
Metzstein, Mark Human Genetics Drosophila Genetics
Prestwich, Glenn Biochemistry and Medicinal Chemistry Therapeutic Biomaterials
Schlegel, Amnon Biochemistry and Nutrition and Integrative Physiology Metabolism, type 2 diabetes mellitus, atherosclerosis, fat, cholesterol, glucose
Shaw, Janet Biochemistry Mitochondrial Dynamics and Disease
Thummel, Carl Human Genetics Developmental Gene Regulation
Weiss, Robert Human Genetics DNA Hybridization; DNA Sequencing
Weyrich, Andy Microbiology and Immunology Novel Functions of Platelets in Health and Disease
Last Updated: 1/11/22