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Rae Cho, PhD, is a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member and cell/chemical biologist interested in the nuclear pore complex.

Assistant Professor, Cell Biology and Physiology
UNC-Chapel Hill
Cancer Cell Biology

Area of Interest

I am a cell/chemical biologist interested in the nuclear pore complex (NPC). The NPC is the sole gateway between the nucleoplasm and the cytoplasm, and plays a critical role in maintaining cellular homeostasis. In cancers and many other human diseases, however, the NPC becomes dysfunctional and the nuclear proteome is dramatically altered. By combining standard cell biology approaches, chemo-proteomics, genomics, and zebrafish models, I aim to (1) examine how the NPC is molecularly disrupted, (2) understand the downstream events involved in pathogenesis, and (3) identify potential therapeutic targets.

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Awards and Honors

  • NIH K01 Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award, NIAMS, 2023
  • Travel Award, Society for Muscle Biology, 2021
  • Salk Career Advancement Award, Salk Society of Research Fellows, 2021
  • Salk Proposal Writing Series – Best Proposal Award, Salk Postdoctoral Office, 2021
  • Salk Trainee Showcase Talk Award, Salk Society of Research Fellows, 2019
  • Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowship in Aging Research, American Federation for Aging Research, 2018-2019
  • Seed Grant, Stanford ChEM-H Institute, 2014
  • Travel Grant, Stanford Biosciences Office of Graduate Education, 2014
  • Samsung Predoctoral Fellowship, Samsung Scholarship Foundation, 2010-2015
  • Summa cum laude, Seoul National University, 2010
  • KFAS Predoctoral Scholarship, Korea Foundation of Advanced Studies (gratefully declined), 2009
  • Academic Excellence Award, College of Natural Sciences, Seoul National University, 2006
  • Presidential Scholarship, President of Korea, 2005-2010
  • Samsung Human-Tech Thesis Prize (Bronze Prize), Samsung Electronics, 2005
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