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  • 8/18/2017
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Frontiers in Biochemistry Seminar Series: Dr. Chuan He

    Our opening guest speaker for this year’s Frontiers lecture series will be
    Dr. Chuan He.

    Please plan to attend the “Frontiers in Biochemistry” seminar series for this academic year. Attendance is OPEN to all. Seminars are held on select Fridays at noon in 214 Light Hall, unless otherwise noted.


    Dr. Chuan He
    University of Chicago
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

    “RNA Methylation in Gene Expression Regulation”

    Chuan He, Ph.D., is the John T. Wilson Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Director of the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics at the University of Chicago. He was born in P. R. China in 1972 and received his B.S. (1994) from the University of Science and Technology of China. He received his Ph. D. degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in chemistry in 2000 with Professor Stephen J. Lippard. After being trained as a Damon-Runyon postdoctoral fellow with Professor Gregory L. Verdine at Harvard University from 2000-2002, he joined the University of Chicago as an assistant professor, and was promoted to associate professor in 2008 and full professor in 2010. He was selected as an as an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in 2013. He is also a member of the Cancer Research Center at the University of Chicago. His research spans a broad range of epigenetics, chemical biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, and genomics. His recent research concerns reversible RNA and DNA methylation in biological regulation. Chuan He’s laboratory has spearheaded development of enabling technologies to study the biology of 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC) in mammalian genomes. His laboratory discovered reversible RNA methylation as a fundamental new mechanism of gene expression at the post-transcriptional level in 2011.

    The complete list of “Frontiers” seminars is available at; feel free to enter these speaking engagements into your calendar. We encourage the attendance of all who are interested.

    The Biochemistry Student Association sets up a post-seminar lunch with our guest speakers, to encourage greater discussion with invited graduate students and post-doctoral fellows; contact BSA Committee Representatives (Katie Rothamel, Olivia Oviatt, Esha Dalvie) regarding lunch inclusion.

    Please note that this visit is sponsored by the Department of Biochemistry, with Emily Hodges as acting host.

    Contact: Jen Smith

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