John L. Rinn, Ph.D. Alvin & Esta Star Associate Professor, Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Harvard University; Senior Associate Member, Broad Institute. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Department of Pathology.
Dr. Rinn received a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. from Yale University in molecular biophysics and biochemistry where, as a member of Mike Snyder’s lab, he studied genome-wide transcription and uncovered a plethora of large non-coding RNAs. As a Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation fellow at Stanford University, in Howard Chang’s lab, he identified and functionally characterized large non-coding RNAs. Specifically, he studied the role of HOX genes and non-coding RNAs during skin fate specification and maintenance. Dr. Rinn’s lab at Harvard continues to identify new RNA genes and to unravel their roles in establishing cellular identity and their misregulation in diseases such as cancer.
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