Congratulations to CBMG's Antony Jose and his collaborators, CASL's Michael Bloodgood and three undergraduate researchers, on their new paper, "Tissue homogeneity requires inhibition of unequal gene silencing during development," which is published this week in the Journal of Cell Biology. 

The team is the first to discover that a regulatory protein named ERI-1 helps ensure that all cells in a tissue remain identical to one another. The study, which is the first of its kind conducted in a whole animal (the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans) instead of cultured cells, reveals one important mechanism that animals use to maintain uniform patterns of gene expression. The team’s use of machine learning software proved essential for quickly and clearly identifying complex patterns in the data. Press release about the paper is posted on the CMNS website and featured on the CMNS home page

Shane Falcinelli
Toxicology and Drug Delivery Applications of Acyclic Cucurbit[n]uril-Type Molecular Containers

Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics Departmental Honors Thesis

Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Volker Briken, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics

Eric Zhou
Identification and Characterization of Small Molecule Allosteric Inhibitors of Alg44 Binding to Cyclic di-GMP in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics Departmental Honors Thesis

Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Vincent T. Lee, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetic


Scott Walsh, Assistant Professor. Ph.D. Structural studies of interleukin-receptor interactions. Congratulations to Scott Walsh for winning The University of Maryland Invention of the Year in Biological Sciences: The MRC 2 Well Crystallization plate manufactured by Swissci is a 2 drop chamber, 96 well crystallization plate for sitting drop vapor diffusion. Molded from a UVP polymer, the plate is UV compatible. Read More


Todd Cooke, Professor. Ph.D. Cornell University, 1979. Congratulations to our very own Todd Cooke. Todd has been selected to receive the Donna B. Hamilton Award for Teaching Excellence in an Office of Undergraduate Studies Program. Todd was nominated for his work in HLSC207. He will be honored during the Undergraduate Studies Awards Ceremony on May 11 at 2 pm in the Banneker Room of the Stamp Student Union

U.S. Patent No. 9,206,466 Issued Dec. 8, 2015

Compositions and Methods for Regulating Peptideyltransferase Activity and Uses Thereof. Inventor: Jonathan Dinman UMD ref: LS-2003-049


Congratulations to CBMG’s Kan Cao, lead author Zheng-Mei Xiong, and several colleagues, whose paper, “Methylene blue alleviates nuclear and mitochondrial abnormalities in progeria,” is published today in the journal Aging Cell. The study suggests that a common, inexpensive and safe chemical called methylene blue could be used to treat progeria—and possibly the symptoms of normal aging as well. The results show for the first time that small doses of methylene blue can almost completely repair defects in cells afflicted with progeria, and can also repair age-related damage to healthy cellsRead more.



Avan Antia, undergraduate student, Dinman Lab, won the award for Best Undergraduate Poster at the Rustbelt RNA Conference. Winning poster title: "Investigating the Role of Translational Recoding in Stress Response."


Roy Mariuzza, Full Professor at IBBR and CBMG, issued US Patent Number 9,127,087 on September 8, 2015. Title: “High Affinity Recombinant Seat Lamprey Antibodies Selected by a Yeast Surface Display Platform”

UMB Docket Number: ZP-2010-085



Jonathan D. Dinman, Chair of the Department and Professor of CBMG addresses the plight of postdocs. Read entire article.


Najib El-Sayed, Associate Professor. Video Spotlight: "Paying Attention to Neglected Diseases."


Sridhar Hannenhalli, Associate Professor. Video Spotlight: "Examining DNA to Understand Disease."


Daniel J. Dwyer, formerly of Boston University, joined CBMG in July 2014 as Assistant Professor.

Roy Mariuzza, Full Professor at IBBR and CBMG, won the 2012 Kirwan Faculty Research and Scholarship Prize.


Kan Cao, Assistant Professor Kan Cao has won an Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar in Aging Award totaling $400,000 over four years. It is considered the most important career award in the field of aging. 


Norma Allewell, has been named a Jefferson Science Fellow, and will be spending the next year working as a science advisor at the State Department. More information on this program from the National Academies can be found at