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Silke Hauf

Associate Professor
FLSI/ Steger Hall (MC 0477)
1015 Life Science Circle
Blacksburg, VA

The Hauf Lab Website

Major Field of Interest

Mechanisms of reliable cell division


  • M.D., University of Wuerzburg, Germany, 2000
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP), Vienna, Austria, 1999 - 2003
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Tokyo, Japan, 2003 - 2005
  • Max Planck Research Group Leader, Friedrich Miescher Laboratory, Tuebingen, Germany, 2005 - 2013

2023 - Virginia Tech Sally Bohland Award for Exceptional Leadership in Access and Inclusion

2022 - Outstanding Service Award, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech

2019 - Outstanding Teaching Award, Department of biological Sciences, Virginia Tech

2017 - Oustanding Research Award, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech

2006 - 2007:  Young Leaders in Science Program of the Schering Foundation

2004 - 2005:  Human Frontier Science program (HFSP) Long Term Fellowship

2004 : Research Fellowship of the German Research Foundation (DFG)

2000 - 2001:  Postdoctoral Fellowship of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

1992 - 1999:  Scholarship of German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung; top 0.5% of German students)

Current Research

Cell division is a highly orchestrated process. Both daughter cells need to obtain a precise copy of the genetic information and all other cellular material that they need to survive. We want to understand how such a complex event can be reliably executed, despite fluctuations in cellular composition ('noise') and variation in the cell environment. Because cell division is so central to life, much of the regulation is preserved throughout evolution.  We use the unicellular eukaryote Schizosaccharomyces pombe (fission yeast) as a model organism and combine genetic techniques, advanced fluorescence microscopy, proteomics, and computational modeling to explore the mechanisms of reliable cell division. 

Molecular Biology (BIOL-3774)

Scientific Analysis Skills in Molecular and Cellular Biology (BIOL-5814)