Robert Blelloch, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Robert Blelloch received a MD and PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2001, where he performed his thesis work under the mentorship of Judith Kimble. He then moved to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he did residency and fellowship training in clinical pathology/transfusion medicine. During this time, he initiated a post-doctoral fellowship in the lab of Rudolf Jaenisch at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. In 2006, he joined the faculty of the University of California – San Francisco, where he initiated his independent research program. He is a member of the Eli and Edythe Broad Institute of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research and a professor in the Department of Urology. His lab studies the role of post-transcriptional regulation and epigenetics in mammalian cell fate decisions and cancer. His lab has performed seminal work on how microRNAs function to promote and silence the pluripotent stem cell fate. His lab also studies the roles of various classes of small non-coding RNAs and chromatin changes in mammalian development from oocytes to adult tissues. Finally, his lab has been looking into how these functions go awry in prostate cancer.
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