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  • Offerdahl Selected as WSU Teaching Fellow


    School of Molecular Biosciences faculty member Erika Offerdahl was selected as one of four inaugural WSU 2017-18 Teaching Fellows.  These fellows will enhance their own teaching while collaborating with colleagues to impact the transformative student experience at WSU. Congratulations!

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  • Fertility can hinge on uterus swimming conditions

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  • Smerdon Delivers Austin Distinguished Lecture

    SMB Professor Mick Smerdon will deliver the University of Idaho’s College of Science’s Robert B. and Floretta F. Austin Distinguished Lecture in Science April 27, 2017. His lecture entitled “DNA Repair Doctors WITH (Chromatin) Borders: Protecting Cells From Chaos and Cancer” is free and open to the public. Read More
  • Three WSU women in STEM win Goldwater Scholarships

    Three WSU women in STEM win Goldwater Scholarships WSU News
  • SMB Emeritus Professor Magnuson Honored

    SMB emeritus professor Nancy Magnuson will be honored March 31 with the Lane Rawlins Lifetime Achievement Award.  Dr. Magnuson spent her entire career at WSU, serving in various capacities and eventually leading the Graduate School and research divisions.  Dr. Magnuson is well known to colleagues, students and alumni for her constant engagement and promotion of WSU at the national and international levels. Congratulations Nancy! WSU News
  • Zach Howard to Deliver Undergraduate Research Presentation at Drosophila 2017

    School of Molecular Biosciences undergraduate researcher Zach Howard was selected as one of five presenters during the “Spotlight on Undergraduate Research” segment of the Genetics Society of America’s Drosophila 2017 conference ( The March 2017 event in San Diego, CA will gather researchers who employ this model system to study biological systems. Zach has been working in the laboratory of Dr. Alan Goodman (, identifying genes associated with the innate immune responses. Zach’s laboratory research is part of the School’s Students Targeted towards Research Studies (STARS) program ( Congratulations Zach!

  • Congratulations to Laura Ahlers

    Laura Ahlers, a School of Molecular Biosciences doctoral candidate in the laboratory of Dr. Alan Goodman, has been awarded a Russ and Anne Fuller Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Research/Scholarship from the WSU Graduate School.  Laura studies the innate immune response to viruses employing a fruit fly model system, yielding two first-author publications in 2016.


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  • Professional Science Master’s (PSM) alumna to receive the AAFS 2017 Outstanding Early Career Achievement Award

    Kristina Hoffman, a Forensic Scientist with the Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory Division in Marysville, WA and a 2015 PSM graduate is the recipient of the 2017 American Academy of Forensic Sciences Outstanding Early Achievement Award.   One of the criteria for receiving the award is  ‘the recipient shall have demonstrated both leadership and outstanding achievement through contributions that have served to advance forensic science and its application to the legal system in a manner that promotes professionalism, integrity, competency, education, research, practice, and collaboration’   Kristina acknowledges the training she received in the PSM degree and in particular her PSM internship work in her success in being nominated and ultimately receiving the award.  Read More
  • SMB faculty researchers Mike Konkel and Rey Carabeo have garnered new grants to fuel their work on infectious bacterial pathogens.

    SMB faculty researchers Mike Konkel and Rey Carabeo have garnered new grants to fuel their work on infectious bacterial pathogens.  Dr. Konkel secured a new R21 grant for two years investigating Campylobacter jejuni, a leading global cause of bacterial foodborne disease.  Dr. Konkel’s grant supports work using a unique pig model of human disease that was developed in his SMB lab.  Dr. Carabeo was funded through a new RO1 grant for almost $2 million over 5 years focused on characterizing the effects of Chlamydia’s protein TarP on human cells during infection.  Congratulations to Drs. Konkel and Carabeo!
  • School of Molecular Biosciences Professor Margaret Black delivers plenary address

    School of Molecular Biosciences Professor Margaret Black delivers plenary address entitled “From Benchtop to Tumor: How Basic Research Can Lead to Cancer Therapy” for a session focused on “When research-based ideas leave campus” during the Biotechnology Symposium at California State University-Santa Clara, January 5-7, 2017.