Deborah Zies





Deborah Zies, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Biology
330 Jepson Science Center
University of Mary Washington
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Office: (540) 654-1435

Deborah Zies, Associate Professor of Biology, is a molecular geneticist. She earned a Master of Science at Tulane University for her research on the characterization of the insertion element IS511 from Caulobacter crescentus and her Ph.D. from the University of Florida for her research on the characterization of the rabbit HKa2 gene.  In her postdoctoral training at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, Dr. Zies studied the role of PPARg/TGFb cross talk in the development of colon cancer.   Since joining the UMW faculty in 2006, Dr. Zies has established a research project that explores the role of the Retinoic Acid Induced 1 gene (RAI1) in Smith-Magenis Syndrome, a human intellectual disability disorder. Please view the poster below for more details regarding her current research.

Zies Lab Poster


  • BIOL 121, Biological Concepts I
  • BIOL 341, General Genetics
  • BIOL 430, Molecular Biology of the Gene
  • BIOL 471w, Nutrition and Metabolism