Alain Laederach

PhD, Assistant Professor, UNC-Chapel Hill, Cancer Genetics

Alain Laederach

Assistant Professor
UNC-Chapel Hill
Cancer Genetics

Chapel Hill

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Area of interest

The Laederach Lab is interested in better understanding the relationship between RNA structure and folding and human disease. We use a combination of computational and experimental approaches to study the process of RNA folding and in the cells. In particular, we develop novel approaches to analyze and interpret chemical and enzymatic mapping data on a genomic scale. We aim to fundamentally understand the role of RNA structure in controlling post-transcriptional regulatory mechanisms, and to interpret structure as a secondary layer of information.  We are particularly interested in how human genetic variation affects RNA regulatory structure. We investigate the relationship between disease-associated Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms occurring in Human UTRs and their effect on RNA structure to determine if they form a RiboSNitch.

Awards and Honors

  • 2008-2012 NIH K99/R00 Post-Doctoral Pathway to Independence Award
  • 2004-2007 Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Fellow
  • 2003 Zaffarano Prize for most published graduate student in 2003

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