The Molecular Biology major has suspended admission to new students as of Fall 2019.  Current students will be able to complete the major, while prospective students interested in Molecular Biology are encouraged to  consider the BiologyBiochemistry and Zoology majors, along with seeking out molecular related research opportunities.  We are taking the opportunity revise and update our curriculum with the intention of a new and improved major available in the future.

Student with questions are welcome to make an appointment through Starfish with Ginny Jackson, the Molecular Biology student services coordinator.  Questions can also be emailed to

Your Faculty Advisor

Your Faculty Advisor provides guidance specific to the molecular biology discipline through discussions about undergraduate experiences (i.e. internships, research, volunteering, etc.) that will help prepare you for graduate work or a career after graduation.

You can make an appointment with your Faculty Advisor via email.

Your Student Services Coordinator

Your Student Services Coordinator provides guidance specific to the molecular biology discipline but also provides developmental advising throughout your undergraduate career. Your Student Services Coordinator will help with course selection, registration, DARS, L&S degree and major requirements, and tracking progress towards graduation, as well as connecting you to important resources across campus.  Current students can schedule an appointment with Students Services Coordinator, Ginny Jackson, through Starfish.  Questions can be sent to

Declared students are strongly encouraged to meet with their Faculty Advisors and Student Services Coordinator regularly throughout the duration of their undergraduate experience.

Faculty Advisors

Nihal Ahmad


B-25 Medical Sciences Center


Department Affiliation: Dermatology

Research: Biomedical research, Cancer biology and progression

Kurt Amann

Chair of the Major


335 Bock Laboratories


Research: Mechanisms of cell structure and motility, Biochemical behavior of molecules

Zsuza Fabry


6130 Medical Sciences Center


Department Affiliation: Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Research: Immunopathology, Neuroimmunology, Multiple Sclerosis

Marcin Filutowicz


256 Microbial Sciences Building


Department Affiliation: Bacteriology

Research: Plasmids, DNA Replication, Protein involvement in replication process

Yevgenya Grinblat

(608) 265-3219

128 Zoology Research

Department Affliciation: Neuroscience
Research: investigate conserved genetic mechanisms that control vertebrate embryogenesis by focusing on a conserved family of zinc-finger transcription factor genes, the Zinc-Finger-in-the-Cerebellum (Zic) family.

Tom Martin


241B Biochemistry


Department Affiliation: Biochemistry

Research: Mechanisms of hormone action and signal transduction, Molecular and cellular pharmacology

Trina McMahon


5552 Microbial Sciences


Department Affiliation: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research: Microbial ecology of natural and engineered systems, Bacterial metabolism related to wastewater treatment and freshwater nutrient cycling

Phillip A Newmark

(608) 316-4105

3266 Morgridge Inst Research

Department Affilication: Integrative Biology
Research: Planarian regeneration, germ cell development, schistosomes

Marisa S Otegui


B119 Birge Hall and 401A Bock Labs

Department Affiliation: Botany
Research: focuses on the regulation of vesicle trafficking mechanisms in plant cells. Our goal is to understand how cells control the flow of proteins and specialized metabolites between different cellular compartments.

Srivatsan Raman


441B HF DeLuca Biochemistry Laboratories

Department Affiliation: Biochemistry
Research:Synthetic and systems biology, protein design, directed evolution of proteins and biosynthetic pathways

Student Services Coordinator

Ginny Jackson

Contact Ginny Jackson for advising in the Molecular Biology major

Email at or schedule an appointment