Susannah Gal’s laboratory uses molecular, cellular and biochemical tools to study topics ranging from cancer to DNA computing. Gal, an associate professor of biology and former Fulbright scholar, received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation as well as funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Her research on DNA binding proteins involved in cancer uses a novel binding assay. She is also applying molecular techniques to problems in DNA computing, in which mathematics, computer science and biology cooperate to devise alternative ways to store, retrieve and analyze information. Gal has also studied plant proteases and developed a new way to monitor their activity in living plants. Along with colleagues in chemistry, she’s looking into ways to monitor DNA binding and to modify proteins with fluorescent tags.
Gal, a graduate of Smith College, earned a PhD in biochemistry from Johns Hopkins University. She joined Binghamton’s Department of Biological Sciences in 1994.