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Department ofBiology


Ángel L. Islas
Associate Professor


B.S. – Biochemistry, University of California, Davis

Ph.D. – Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University

Postdoctoral Fellow – Department of Pathology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford University

Postdoctoral Fellow – Laboratory of Radiobiology and Environmental Health, University of California, San Francisco


  • BIOL 1C Systems Biology
  • BIOL 175 Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 177 Biotechnology Lab II: Gene Expression & Protein Purification
  • BIOL 179 Cancer Biology


Our research program examines the molecular events that occur when DNA polymerases, the enzymes responsible for duplicating DNA, encounter damaged DNA. Our research can be divided into three major themes: