Steve Johnston brings an excitement to teaching about all aspects of biology. His primary focus is in understanding the molecular biology of eukaryotic cells, especially in understanding how cells transmit information. Dr. Johnston conducts research using the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae to answer fundamental questions about how cells work. During the last 15 years at North Central College, all of these research projects have been carried out by undergraduate students. The research laboratory is simply an extension of the classroom -- a place to really learn about how life works at the cellular and molecular level. This research has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Merck/AAAS Undergraduate Science Research Program.Download CV
Boettcher, A., S. Blaszak, S. DeWerff and S.D. Johnston. 2014. Protein-Protein Interactions of the Yak1 Kinase. Yeast Genetics Meeting, Seattle WA.
Johnston, S.D., S. Enomoto, L. Schneper, M.C. McClellan, F. Twu, N.D. Montgomery, S.A. Haney, J.R. Broach, and J. Berman. 2001. CAC3 (MSI1) suppression of RAS2G19V is independent of Chromatin Assembly Factor-I and mediated by NPR1. Molecular and Cellular Biology. 21:1784-1794.
Enomoto, S., S.D. Johnston, and J. Berman. 2000. Identification of a novel allele of SIR3 defective in the maintenance, but not the establishment, of silencing in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Genetics, 155:523-538.
Johnston, S.D., J.E. Lew, and J. Berman. 1999. Gbp1p, a protein with RNA recognition motifs, binds single-stranded telomeric DNA and changes its binding specificity upon dimerization. Molecular and Cellular Biology, 19:923-933.