Chuan He, Ph.D., is the John T. Wilson Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He received his B.S. (1994) from the University of Science and Technology of China, his Ph. D. degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2000, and was trained as a Damon-Runyon postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University from 2000-2002. He joined the University of Chicago as an Assistant Professor in 2002, and was promoted to associate professor in 2008 and full professor in 2010. He was selected as an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in 2013. His recent research concerns reversible RNA and DNA methylation in biological regulation. His research group discovered the first RNA demethylase and showed that dynamic RNA methylation significantly affects post-transcriptional gene expression regulation.
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