Steven J. Theroux, Ph.D

Professor of Biology

508-767-7545 Testa Science Center - Room 202

Degrees Earned

B.A., Rhode Island College; Biology/Chemistry, 1984
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst; Molecular and Cellular Biology, 1989
Ph.D. Thesis Title: “A Molecular Analysis of Genes Encoding Structural Polypeptides of the Chloroflexus Aurantiacus Photosynthetic Apparatus”
Study: Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology, Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, and Brown University

Undergraduate Courses Taught

Concepts of Biology
Cancer Biology
Molecular and Cellular Biology
Biotechnology in Theory and Practice

Publications & Editorships

“A Most Improbable Story: The evolution of the universe, life, and humankind”, Routledge’s CRC Press, 2022.

“RKIP-1 KO Mice: Expression in the Brain and Olfaction Deficit,” Brain Research Bulletin, vol. 71, 2007.

“Signaling Crossroads: The Function of Raf Kinase Inhibitory Protein in Cancer, the Central Nervous System and Reproduction,” Cellular Signaling, July 2007.

“Raf Kinase Inhibitory Protein Knockout Mice: Expression in the Brain and Olfaction Deficit,” Brain Research Bulletin, 2006.

“Spinal muscular atrophy disrupts the interaction of Zprl with the SMN protein,” Nature Cell Biology, April 2001.

“The Cytoplasmic Zinc Finger Protein ZPR1 Accumulates in the Nucleolus of Proliferating Cells.” Molecular Biology of the Cell9.10 (1998): 2963-2971. Print. With Z. Galcheva-Gargova, L. Gangwani, K. N. Konstantinov, M.Mikrut, T. Enoch, and R. J. Davis|.

“The Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor is Covalently Linked to Ubiquitin” Co-authored with Z. Galcheva-Gargova and R. Davis in Oncogene, 1995, vol. 11, pp. 2649-2655.

“Mutational Removal of the Major Site of Serine Phosphorylation of the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Causes Potentiation of Signal Transduction: Role of Receptor Down-regulation” Co-authored with D. Campbell et al. in Molecular Endocrinology, 1992, vol. 6, pp. 1849-1857.

“Protein Tyrosine Kinase Activity of Alternate Protein Products of the Drosophila Dsrc28C Locus” Co-authored with S. Wadsworth in FEBS Letters, 1992, vol. 311, pp. 1-6.

“Signal Transduction by the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor is Attenuated by a COOH-terminal Domain Phosphorylation Site” Co-authored with K. Stanley et al. in Journal of Biological Chemistry, 1992, vol. 267, pp. 16620-16626.

“Increased Oncogenic Potential of ErbB is Associated with the Loss of a COOH Terminal Domain Serine Phosphorylation Site” Co-authored with C. Taglienti-Sian et al. in Journal of Biological Chemistry, 1992, vol. 267, pp. 7967-7970.

“Rapid Screening of Cloned DNA Fragments for Specific Mutations” Co-authored with R. Davis in Nucleic Acid Research, 1992, vol. 20, p. 915.

“Gene Encoding the 5.7-kDa Chromosome Protein of Chloroflexus aurantioacus” Co-authored with T. Redlinger et al. in Journal of Bacteriology, 1990, vol. 172, pp. 4497-4504.

“Assembly of Chlorosomes During Photosynthetic Development in Chloroflexus Aurantioacus.” Ed.G. Drews and Edwin A. Dawes. Molecular Biology of Membrane-bound Complexes in Phototrophic Bacteria. New York: Plenum, 1990. 275-284|. Print. With T. Redlinger, D. L. Driscoll, S. J. Robinson, and R. C. Fuller.

Grants and Awards

NIH Academic Research Enhancement Grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to study the Regulation of the EGF-Receptor

Nominated by Assumption College for the 2011 Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching U.S. Professor of the Year Award.

2013 Assumption College President’s Award for Excellence in Service

Outstanding Mentoring of Students by Junior Faculty, Assumption College, 1998