2017-18 Pomona College Catalog 
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Molecular Biology

Professor Len Seligman (fall 2017), Director and Assistant Professor Maria Cristina Negritto1 (spring 2018), program coordinator
Steering Committee: Crane
1, Martinez2, Negritto1, O’Leary

Professors Crane1, Johal1, Martinez2, O’Leary, Parfitt, Selassie, Seligman, Stranford
Associate Professors Cavalcanti, Cheney, Sazinsky
Assistant Professors Jammes2, Liu, Olson
Director and Assistant Professor Negritto1
Gail Sundberg, academic coordinator


Molecular biology is the study of biological macromolecules and the means by which they mediate the chemical processes of cells, regulate gene expression and define cell structure and function. This interdisciplinary major is supported by the departments of biology and chemistry and has been supported by grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Program faculty believe that the best way for students to learn molecular biology is to engage in investigative research. Students in the program have many opportunities to do so, from course laboratories to a required full-year thesis project. It is also strongly recommended that molecular biology majors spend at least one summer working in a laboratory and program faculty try to provide a summer opportunity for our majors. The senior thesis work is presented as a written thesis and a final oral presentation in a molecular biology symposium. In many cases, original research undertaken by our students has led to publications in scientific journals. A minor in molecular biology is not offered.


1On leave fall 2017 2On leave spring 2018 3On leave 2017-18


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