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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
Ayer, Don Oncological Sciences Cancer Metabolism, Myc Family of Transcription Factors, Insulin Resistance, Fuel Choice
Christian, Jan Neurobiology Bone morphogenetic proteins, Hematopoiesis, Signal transduction during embryonic patterning
Clark, Richard School of Biological Sciences Genetics, Gene Expression, Plant-Herbivore Interactions, Diapause, Carotenoids
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
Formosa, Tim Biochemistry Chromatin in DNA Replication
Goldenberg, David School of Biological Sciences Protein Biophysics
Golic, Kent School of Biological Sciences Chromosome Structure/Function
Jensen, Peter Microbiology and Immunology Antigen Presentation
Jorde, Lynn Human Genetics Human Population Genetics, Disease-gene Identification
Keefe, Kristen Pharmacology and Toxicology Neuroscience, Neurological and neurophychiatric disorders basal ganglia, Neurobiology
Lindsley, Janet Biochemistry Teaching Metabolism and Nutrition
Mansour, Suzi Human Genetics FGFs and Inner Ear Development, Mouse Models of Hearing Loss and Restoration
Metzstein, Mark Human Genetics Drosophila Genetics
Planelles, Vicente Microbiology and Immunology Pathogenesis of HIV-1
Schlegel, Amnon Biochemistry and Nutrition and Integrative Physiology Metabolism, type 2 diabetes mellitus, atherosclerosis, fat, cholesterol, glucose
Thummel, Carl Human Genetics Developmental Gene Regulation
Ward, Diane Microbiology and Immunology Membrane Trafficking and Iron Metabolism
Weiss, Robert Human Genetics DNA Hybridization; DNA Sequencing
Last Updated: 1/22/24