Chemistry and Biochemistry
Biochemistry Research Facility
Education: Ph.D. University of Michigan
Research Interest: RNA drug discovery
We employ an interdisciplinary approach to developing RNA-targeted medicinal agents that could potentially treat diseases such as AIDS, multidrug resistant bacterial infections, and cancer. RNA plays a critical role in viral replication, bacterial regulation and cancer biogenesis. By targeting key RNA-mediated regulatory processes for these diseases we hope to ultimately develop novel medicinal agents. Through a combination of chemical, molecular, and structural biology studies we are determining the structure-function relationships of medicinally relevant RNA targets and the structure-activity relationships of small molecule ligands that bind the RNA. We utilize a variety of approaches ranging from biophysical (fluorescence, UV, NMR) to bioinformatics, computational and molecular biology techniques. Our goal is to gain an in-depth understanding of the factors that govern molecular recognition of RNA by small molecules and to use this knowledge in the development of novel medicinal agents.