Link: University of Iowa

Todd Washington’s Tenure: Frosting on the Cake

Associate Dean Lois Geist treated the Biochemistry Department to cake in honor of M. Todd Washington’s promotion to associate professor with tenure. The Washington lab focuses on specialized DNA polymerases with roles in translesion synthesis. As a post-doc with Satya and Louise Prakash, Todd showed in an influential Cell paper that polymerase eta bypasses DNA lesions with an induced fit mechanism of nucleotide incorporation. As an independent investigator, Todd’s lab has made important contributions to understanding of polymerases eta, kappa, Rev1 and zeta, and the interactions between eta and PCNA that promote translesion DNA replication.

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