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About Eric J. Hayden

Dr. Eric J. Hayden joined the faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences at Boise State University in 2013, after serving as a postdoctoral scholar at both Stanford University and the University of Zurich. His Ph.D. in chemistry is from Portland State University and his undergraduate work, also in chemistry, was completed at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. Dr. Hayden's background is in RNA biochemistry, where he has been involved in engineering and evolving functional non-coding RNA molecules. His research combines aspects of biochemistry, synthetic biology and functional genomics, and involves the design and laboratory evolution of RNA in order to discover molecules with potential biomedical and biotechnical applications. His research also contributes to our basic understanding of how life evolves, even from its earliest chemical beginnings.


2013 - Present Assistant Professor, Boise State University Department of Biological Sciences


Research Interests


2018 - Present Genomes Underlying Toxin Tolerance
National Science Foundation
NSF Award
Role: Co-investigator
Colleague(s): Jennifer S. Forbey
2017 - Present Study of How Microbes Influence the Gut of Herbivores
National Science Foundation
Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research Grant
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Honors and Awards

  • 2010 - Best Presentation, University of Zurich/ETH University Research Priority Program Systems Biology/Functional Genomics Retreat
  • 2008 - Outstanding Graduate Student Research (The Sherwood Chang Award), Gordon Research Conference: Origin of Life
  • 2007 - Fellowship, NSF Central European Summer Research Institute (CESRI)


  • Biomolecules I

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Student Mentored Works (10)

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