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Laura L. Hoopes

Emeritus Professor of Biology
With Pomona Since: 1993
  • Expertise


    Laura Hoopes’ research focuses on several key questions about the aging process, examining how important informational macromolecules change in aging. Using budding yeast as a model organism, she and her students are examining changes in gene expression during replicative aging, using microarray analysis. She also wants to find out when and how the aging clock is reset.

    In addition, Hoopes is studying the achievements of women in the history of genetics (especially Nettie Stevens), focusing on the bias and barriers women in science encounter in pursuing careers. 

    Research Interests

    • Using budding yeast to study the aging process—changes in gene expression during aging and how the aging clock is reset.
    • The achievements of women in the history of genetics
    • The success of women in science in European countries

    Areas of Expertise


    • Gene Regulation
    • Molecular Biology of Aging
    • Women in Science
    • Women in Science in Europe
    • History of Women in Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Work


    Genetics: A Molecular Approach (Macmillan, 1981)

    With Others, "The Genomics Education Partnership: Successful Integration of Research into Laboratory Classes at a Diverse Group of Undergraduate Institutions," CBE-LSE 9:35-40 (Spring, 2010) URL:

    "Joan Argetsinger Steitz: Pathfinder for women in molecular biology," AWIS Magazine volume 41 (1), Winter, 2010, pp18-19.

    “Jo Handelsman,” CBE LSE 8:165-166 (2009)

    With G. Yiu 08, A. McCord ’07, L. Cahoon, A. Wise ’05, R. Jindal ’04, J. Hardee ’05, A. Kuo ’03, M.Y. Shimogawa ’03, M. Wu, J. Kloke, and J. Hardin, “Gene Expression during Replicative Aging in Yeast,” Journal of Gerontology: Biological Sciences 63A:1, pp. 21-34, 2008

    “Help Women Stay in Science,” The Scientist 22, p. 69, January 2008

    With G. Yiu ’08 and others, "Microarray analysis of the in vivo sequence preferences of a minor groove binding drug,” BMC Genomics 9(32), 2008

    “European Women Postdoctoral Fellows in the USA: Whys and Wherefores” AWIS Magazine 37 (fall, 2008), pp10-13.

    “Nucleic Acid Blotting: Southern and Northern,” in Current Protocols: Essential Laboratory Techniques (Toronto: Wiley & Sons, 2008), 8.2.1-8.2.24.

  • Education


    Ph.D., Biology

    Yale University


    Bachelor of Arts, Biological Sciences

    Goucher College

    Recent Courses Taught

    Biochemistry: Metabolomics & Regulation with lab

    Drosophila Genomics with lab

    Stem Cells and Human Cloning for non-majors

    Genetic Regulation in Eukaryotes with lab

    Senior thesis research

    Critical Inquiry Seminar: Heart of a Doctor OR Wellsprings of Courage


  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    American Society for Microbiology, Division W, Education, Chair-Elect, 2010-11

    Nature Education Scitable. Editor: Gene Expression and Regulation Topic Room, web resource, appointed Dec, 2007, site launched Oct, 2008.

    American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow, 1994-present

    National Science Foundation, Biology Advisory Committee, 1993-2001

    Gerontological Society of America, Fellow, 1993-present

    Council on Undergraduate Research, President, 1991-92

    American Aging Association, President, 1978-79

    Norman Mailer Writers' Colony workshop on biography, accepted for June, 2010