William J. Belden

William J. Belden.

Associate Professor
Foran Hall 326
Phone: 848-932-5617
Email: beldenwj@rutgers.edu


Research in the Belden laboratory focuses on understanding the molecular aspects of chromatin-remodeling and circadian rhythms. Circadian rhythms control developmental, behavioral and physiological processes by regulating gene expression on a daily basis. Chromatin-remodeling is an integral part of transcriptional regulation and is proving to be one of the major determinants required for the proper timing and amplitude of clock-gene expression. Understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying transcriptional regulation and chromatin-remodeling in clock-regulated gene expression is paramount to understanding the progression of numerous diseases including cancer. My lab uses the highly-tractable model eukaryote Neurospora crassa plus the zebrafish (Danio rerio), in combination with biochemical, genetic and genome-wide studies to understand the molecular mechanisms of chromatin-remodeling in clock function.


Title Location Year
Assistant Professor Dept. of Animal Sciences, Rutgers University 2013
Assistant Professor Dept. of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Rutgers University 2009


Degree Location Year
Postdoctoral Fellow Genetics Department
Dartmouth Medical School
Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. Molecular and Cellular Biology
Dartmouth College
B.S. Aerospace Engineering
State University of New York at Buffalo

Professional Societies

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
American Society of Cell Biology
Genetics Society of America
Society for Research on Biological Rhythms

Other Positions

Member, Graduate Program in Endocrinology and Animal Biosciences
Member, Graduate Program in Molecular Biosciences
Member, Joint Graduate Program in Toxicology
Member, Graduate Program in Microbial Biology


11:067:492 Molecular and Cellular Physiology Spring Semester (beginning in 2014)
16:681:685 Seminar Course in Chromatin and Gene Regulation Spring and Fall, 2010-2013
16:682:504 Microbial Genetics and Genomics Spring, 2010-2013

Representative Publications

List of Dr. Belden's publications in PubMed