Chaolin Zhang, PhD, receives prestigious Maximizing Investigators' Research Award from NIH/NIGMS
Chaolin Zhang will receive a prestigious Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (MIRA) (R35) of $4,313,684 over five years from NIH/NIGMS for “Complexity and evolution of splicing-regulatory networks”.
Chaolin Zhang, PhD, receives R56 Award from NIH/NHGRI
Chaolin Zhang will receive a R56 award for $568,846 from NIH/NHGRI for “Mapping proximal and distal splicing-regulatory elements”.
Melissa McKenzie Receives ‘Pathway to Independence’ NIH Award
Congratulations to Melissa McKenzie, PhD, a second-year postdoctoral research scientist in the lab of Chaolin Zhang, PhD for her K99/R00 “Pathway to Independence” award. This honor supports her goal to identify how alternative RNA splicing networks influence cortical interneuron specification.
Newly Tenured Systems Biology Faculty
Congratulations to Drs. Yufeng Shen, Nicholas Tatonetti, and Chaolin Zhang of the Department of Systems Biology, who have been awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor. Their new appointments are effective July 1, 2019.
Novel Computational Tool Models RNA-Binding Specificity, Provides Better Understanding of Gene Expression Regulation
A study by researchers in Dr. Chaolin Zhang’s lab details a computational method that models how RNA-binding proteins recognize specific sites in the target RNA transcripts, precisely and accurately. The researchers’ findings include identification of entirely new motifs, and their research in complex RNA regulation contributes to our understanding of the molecular basis of disease and conditions, and down the road, could aid in the development of targeted therapies. The study, published June 20 in Molecular Cell, was led by Dr. Zhang of systems biology, with senior co-authors Drs. Suying Bao and Huijuan Feng.