Sam Biswas

Sam Biswas


Office Location:
301B Willard Hall


  • University of Washington, Seattle, WA 1981 Ph.D. (Organic and Biochemistry)
    Mentor: Dr. Yeshayau Pocker
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

Research Interests

Dr. Biswas is applying recent advances in molecular biology and genetics to analyze and understand human diseases with goals to develop novel therapeutics. Current efforts are focused in two areas: (1) delineating the molecular mechanisms of Human Papillomavirus family (HPV) induced oncogenesis that are known to lead to head & neck cancers and cervical cancer; and (2) mechanism of DNA replication in pathogenic bacteria primarily E.coli and Bacillus anthracis. His laboratory is also collaborating with Dr. Esther Biswas-Fiss to investigate pathogenesis of inherited diseases involving ABC transporters, ABCA4 and ABCA7 proteins.


  • MMSC 425/625 Basic Molecular Techniques Laboratory
  • MMSC 436 Clinical & Physiological Chemistry II
  • MEDT 450/650 Medical Biochemistry
  • MMSC 451/651 Cell & Tissue Culture Laboratory
  • MMSC 490/690 Clinical and Molecular Cell Biology
  • MMSC 803/804 Graduate Seminar

1. Gulden Yilmaz, Esther Biswas-Fiss, & Subhasis B. Biswas (2018) Genetic Variations in the DNA Replication Origins of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Family Correlate with Their Oncogenic Potential. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, 1862, In Press.

2. Meera J. Patel, Lavesh Bhatia, Gulden Yilmaz, Esther Biswas-Fiss, & Subhasis B. Biswas (2017) Multiple Conformational States of DnaA Protein Regulate Its Binding to DnaA Boxes in the Initiation of DNA Replication. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, 1861, 2165-2174.