Bill Straus

Associate Professor of Biology

I welcome the involvement of students in all of my research activities. Current work includes synthesis of novel fluorescent reagents for detecting and quantifying proteases in live cells, and developing reagents to trace how and when different proteases are delivered to maturing phagosomes.

BA, Earlham College; PhD, Washington University in St Louis
At Vassar since 1984


Olmsted Hall of Biological Sc
Box 104

Departments and Programs


BIOL 232 Developmental Biology
BIOL 393 Special Topics in Biology

Selected Publications

  • Koob, T.J. and J.W. Straus. 1998. “On the role of egg jelly in Raja erinacea egg capsule.” Bulletin of the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory. 37, 117-119.
  • Straus, J.W. and T.J. Koob. 1997. “Protease activity in albumin during development of the little skate Raja erinacea.” Bulletin of the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory. 36, 111-113.
  • Straus, J.W. and M.L.. *Monge. 1997. “Catechol oxidase from the skate nidamental gland: partial purification and characterization.” Bulletin of the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory. 36, 108-110.
  • Straus, J.W., C.L. *Monian and D.L. Cox. 1993. “Nidamental gland catechol oxidase in the little skate (Raja erinacea): latency caused by an endogenous low molecular weight factor.” Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. 105B, 117-122.
  • Straus, J.W., N.C. *Rabidou, J.K. *Bogdany and D.L. Cox. 1993. “Oxidative enzymes and the formation of egg capsules in the little skate (Raja erinacea)” Bulletin of the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory. 32, 14-16.

* student author


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