Tao Pan, University of Chicago, USA

Tao Pan obtained his Ph.D. from Yale and did his postdoctoral work at University of Colorado at Boulder. He has made contributions in RNA folding, RNA catalysis, and RNA biology. His current research interests focus on functional genomics and biology of tRNA and the epigenetics of RNA modifications. In tRNA biology, his lab has described human tissue-specific expression of tRNA, tRNA overexpression in cancer and functional consequences, regulated mistranslation in mammalian cells that potentially serves a beneficial function in oxidative stress response, and tRNA as communicators between protein synthesis and other cellular processes. In RNA epigenetics, his lab is working on the functional role of dynamic mRNA modifications.

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