Jeff Dahlseid ’90Alumni and Faculty

Associate Professor in Biochemistry and Molecular Bio, Biology, and Chemistry

I am interested in engaging students in my quest to understand how the expression of genes is regulated by cell-mediated changes, specifically changes involving the stability and translation of messenger RNA (mRNA). I have several potential projects based in a wonderful model system (that also makes the lab smell pretty good!). Using bakers' yeast, the lab can employ easily accessible molecular and genetic approaches to understand the cellular biochemistry of specialized mRNA degradation pathway, the so-called nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (NMD). NMD is part of the natural repertoire for regulating gene expression, based on the recent demonstration that 6-9% of the wild-type mRNAs in yeast accumulate when NMD is inactivated1.

We have identified several mRNAs affected by NMD that are interesting because they encode proteins, which affect chromosome function at either the centromere or telomere2,3. Available projects include; 1) using decay rate measurements accomplished by quantitative methods for analyzing mRNA abundance (Northern blot) to investigate the mechanism of the NMD effect upon substrate mRNAs and 2) using genetics and Northern blot measurements to identify substrate mRNAs. In addition, a third project exists that involves using enzymatic assays and growth tests to investigate the affects upon translation of mutations in protein required NMD.

1 Lelivelt, M.J. and M.R. Culbertson (1999) Mol. Cell. Biol. 19: 6710-6719.
2 Dahlseid, J.N., Puziss, J., Shirley, R.L., Atkin, A.L., Hieter, P. and Culbertson, M.R. 1998. Genetics 150: 1019-1035.
3 Dahlseid, J.N., Lew-Smith, J.E., Lelivelt, M.J., Enomoto, S., Ford, A., Desruisseaux, M., McClellen, M., Lue, N.,Culbertson, M.R., Berman, J. 2003. Eukaryotic Cell 2: 134-142.

With Prior Project Support from the National Science Foundation

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. 0091300 and 0326029. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College; Ph.D., Northwestern University

Courses Taught

BIO-292 (Biology Research)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
CHE-360 Proteins Lab 27 2024/SP, 2023/SP, 2022/SP, 2020/FA, 2020/SP, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/SP, 2016/SP, 2015/SP, 2013/SP, 2009/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, and 2003/SP
CHE-360 Proteins 24 2024/SP, 2023/SP, 2022/SP, 2020/FA, 2020/SP, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/SP, 2016/SP, 2015/SP, 2013/SP, 2009/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, and 2003/SP
CHE-255 Biochemistry Lab 20 2017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2012/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2003/FA, and 2002/FA
BIO-392 Biology Research 15 2017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2006/JN, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2005/JN, 2004/FA, 2004/SU, 2004/SP, 2004/JN, and 2003/FA
BIO-201 Cell Biology Lab 9 2023/FA, 2020/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2012/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2005/FA, and 2003/FA
BIO-201 Cell and Molecular Biology 8 2023/FA, 2020/FA, 2017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2008/FA, and 2007/FA
BIO-128 Biomolecular Research 7 2024/JN, 2023/JN, 2022/S1, 2019/JN, 2012/JN, 2011/JN, and 2009/JN
CHE-255 Biochemistry 7 2010/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2003/FA, and 2002/FA
BIO-101 Principles Lab 6 2023/FA, 2022/FA, 2017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, and 2014/FA
BIO-374 Genetics 2 2019/FA and 2004/FA
CHE-399 Chemistry Seminar 2 2006/SP and 2005/FA
BIO-396 Directed Research Lab 1 2022/FA
BIO-396 DR:Molecular Bio/RNA degrad 1 2022/FA
BIO-397 Honors Thesis 1 2013/SP
NDL-207 Mentoring Community 1 2006/JN
CHE-268 Career Exploration 1 2003/JN