Jennifer Hood-DeGrenier
Jennifer Hood-DeGrenier
Professor and Chair
Faculty Member's Office
Office Hours:
Office Hours: Schedule meetings at or stop by my office for drop-in hours Wednesdays 10-11:30 am and Thursdays 1:30-3 pm.
Areas of Expertise


I am a cell and molecular biologist with interests in genetics, biochemistry, cancer biology, and science writing. Most of my research has been conducted using the budding yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) model system. I have investigated the role of protein localization and phosphorylation in regulating cellular processes, particularly the cell division cycle and cell morphogenesis. Recently, I have also begun to investigate factors that promote cancer metastasis using mammalian cells grown in culture. I spent my sabbatical during the Spring 2019 semester in Dr. Matthew Vander Heiden’s cancer metabolism lab at the Koch Center for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, gaining skills to pursue additional research in the arena of cancer biology. I enjoy introducing students to the research process and the excitement of new discoveries as well as helping them to develop strong scientific communications skills.

Williams College
Chemistry, Concentration in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Harvard University
Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
University of California, San Francisco
Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology
Postdoctoral Fellow