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Technology helps preserve fertility of boys with cancer
April 6, 2017

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

Jon OatleyPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have found a promising way to preserve sperm stem cells so boys could undergo cancer treatment without risking their fertility.

Magnuson to be honored with lifetime service award
March 23, 2017

PULLMAN, Wash. – Nancy Magnuson, emeritus professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences, will receive the Lane V. Rawlins President’s Award for Distinguished Lifetime Service during the annual Celebrating Excellence Recognition Banquet on Friday, March 31, part of Washington State University’s annual Showcase celebration of faculty, staff and student excellence.

WSU scientists collaborate on ‘gene therapy in a box’
October 21, 2016

Trobridge-80SPOKANE, Wash. – Washington State University Spokane researchers have collaborated on a tabletop device that can genetically manipulate blood to treat cancer, HIV and other diseases without expensive processing facilities. 

WSU cancer therapy shows promise in trials
July 29, 2016

By Rachel Tompa, Fred Hutch News

BlackPULLMAN, Wash. – A recent small clinical trial for patients with a rare, aggressive brain cancer has shown promise. The targeted cancer therapy enlists a modified yeast protein that is the brainchild of Washington State University biologist Margaret Black.

Biosciences lab delivers job-ready graduates
June 17, 2013

Brassfield and Mixter


Brassfield, left, and Mixter. (Photo Henry Moore Jr., WSU Biomedical
Communications Unit)



PULLMAN, Wash. – For 16 years, Alberta (Bert) Brassfield, a WSU instructor, taught the immunology and virology lab to seniors, a course now known as Molecular Biosciences 430. The class was a favorite of many students because of its small size and lots of instructor-student interaction and individual attention. Alumni have described Bert’s class as pivotal in “putting it all together” and “clarifying my career path.”

So when Phil Mixter took over the lab last fall, it was no small … » More …

WSU offers Professional Science Master’s
May 27, 2010

PULLMAN – In fall 2010, Washington State University will offer the state’s first Professional Science Master’s, a graduate-level program designed to help science students transition into high-paying careers.


The new interdisciplinary option in molecular biosciences will be available both online and on the Pullman campus through the School of Molecular Biosciences (SMB). It will benefit recent graduates, as well as professionals seeking career advancement and those re-entering the workforce.


“The PSM combines science with crucial training in ethics and business,” said Norah McCabe, clinical associate professor of molecular biosciences. “This option bridges the gap between academia and the workplace by providing science … » More …

WSU report on DNA repair named “Article of the Month”
October 17, 2006

PULLMAN–A suite of proteins that changes the arrangement of DNA in chromosomes plays a key role in enabling cells to repair damage to their DNA, according to a new study by researchers in Washington State University’s School of Molecular Biosciences.The report, by scientists Feng Gong, Deirdre Fahy, and Michael Smerdon, offered the first direct proof of a link between the DNA-remodeling proteins and DNA repair proteins in whole cells.”We and others had done similar work in vitro [in cell extracts],but this was the first demonstration of it in living cells,” Sherdon said.Their paper was named “Article of the Month” in the October 2006 issue of … » More …

Founder of major field of DNA research
March 17, 2006

If DNA is like a set of encyclopedias, containing every bit of information necessary to create life, some researchers look at individual words, other researchers look at particular books, and a very few try to figure out the binding.But 2006 Regents Professor Michael Smerdon of the School of Molecular Biosciences says that binding, better known as chromatin, is key to understanding the hot spots of DNA damage and the efficiency of DNA repair.Given that a healthy human body suffers a billion-billions in new DNA lesions every day, understanding DNA repair is important not only for preventing or controlling cancer (Smerdon’s lab has conducted groundbreaking research … » More …