News: Research

Read the latest news from the Department of Molecular Biosciences.


Dense Bacterial Populations Create Mutant Breeding Grounds for Antibiotic Resistance

November 17, 2022 by Esther Robards-Forbes

New discovery could make it easier to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Overlapping purple circles with orange highlights represent bacterial swarms. Dandelion-like seeds float away representing the mutant bacteria pushed to the edges of swarms.


New Research Advances Fight Against Human Metapneumovirus

September 20, 2022 by Esther Robards-Forbes

New research could pave the way for a vaccine for a common respiratory virus. 

Graphic showing how antibodies attack viral proteins


Potential New Drug Target Could Boost Effectiveness of Chemotherapy Drugs

September 15, 2022 by Marc Airhart

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have discovered that a large family of reverse transcriptases (RTs)—enzymes that are found in all organisms and...

This image is a superposition of two enzymes: G2L4 and GsI-IIC RT.


New Era at UT Austin Begins for Famous Long-Term Evolution Experiment

August 25, 2022 by Marc Airhart

The Long-Term Evolution Experiment began back when a dozen eggs cost 65 cents, the film Rain Man topped the box office and George Michael’s song...

Jeff Barrick examines a dish of E. coli


Scientists Hijack Bacteria To Ease Drug Manufacturing

July 7, 2022 by Esther Robards-Forbes

Scientists have created biosensors from bacteria that will help speed up analysis of drug manufacturing, harnessing microbes to help detect therapeutic molecules.

E. Coli bacteria


New Vaccine Advances Could Help Against More Viral Illnesses

March 14, 2022 by Marc Airhart

Some of the same researchers at The University of Texas at Austin who created a key to all coronavirus vaccines used in the U.S. have...

Image of researchers Ching-Lin Hsieh and Jason McLellan at a computer screen reviewing data


Dried Bacteria Could Revolutionize Testing, Laboratory Science

March 3, 2022 by Esther R Robards-Forbes

When you think of the type of labs driving biomedical discoveries, you may envision beakers and test tubes filled with a rainbow of chemicals, where...

Microscopic images of E.coli bacteria.