Faculty Profile

Biochemistry Faculty

Malcolm Lippert, PhD

Professor of Biology

Harvard School of Public Health, Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D., Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Vermont
B.S., Biology, Hope College         

Areas of Expertise:

Genetics, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Cancer Biology

Courses I Teach:

  • BI153: Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • BI205: Biological Communication
  • BI223: Genetics 
  • BI315: Microbiology
  • BI410: Senior Seminar: The Biology of Public Health
  • BI420: Senior or Honors Research

Recent Publications:

Lippert, M.J., N. Kim, J-E. Cho, R.P. Larson, N.E. Schoenly, S.H. O’Shea, and S. Jinks-Robertson. (2011). Role for topoisomerase 1 in transcription-associated mutagenesis in yeast, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 108:698-703.

Kim, N., A.L. Abdulovic, M.J. Lippert, and S. Jinks-Robertson. (2007) Transcription-associated mutagenesis in yeast is directly proportional to the level of gene expression and influenced by the direction of DNA replication, DNA Repair 6: 1285-1296

Lippert, M.J., J. Freedman, M. Barber, and S. Jinks-Robertson. (2004) Identification of a distinctive mutation spectrum associated with high levels of transcription in yeast, Molec. Cell. Biol. 24:4801-4809.

Ledbetter M.L.S. and M.J. Lippert. (2002). Glucose transport in cultured animal cells: an exercise for the undergraduate cell biology laboratory. Cell Biology Education 1:76-86.

Recent Grants:

  • NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) 1R15GM079778 Transcription-Associated Mutation, 06/02/2008 - 05/31/2011
  • Vermont Genetics Network (VGN) Project Award for Faculty at Baccalaureate Partner Colleges in the VGN, June 2006 - June 2008


I serve on the Editorial Board of the Scientific Journal, Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis


Inducted as a full member into Sigma Xi


Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, Hope College, zeta Chapter of MI


I'm the youngest of seven children in my family by only 2 minutes; I'm an identical twin.  This may be part of the reason why I enjoy Genetics so much. 

As a freshman in college, I had a work-study job washing fruit fly culture vials, washing glassware, and preparing media for the Geneticist/Microbiologist at Hope College

I love all kinds of music, especially jazz, folk, and rock.  Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, The Beatles and Bob Dylan are among my favorites.    

I love reading, both fiction and non-fiction. I recently read, Inside the Outbreaks by Mark Pendergrast.  I usually read whatever my sister Dency recommends; I've never been disappointed. I also read a blog about microbes called, Small Things Considered.  

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