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2015 Bernard Cohen Memorial Lecture in Genetics


Jeannie T. Lee, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Genetics and Pathology
Harvard Medical School

"Regulatory interactions between epigenetic complexes and their RNA interactomes"

Monday, April 6, 2015, 4:00 PM
Main Auditorium, Biomedical Research Building

Jeannie T. Lee is an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Lee specializes in the study of epigeneticregulationby long noncoding RNAs using X-chromosome inactivation as a model system. For her work on RNA-mediated chromatin change, Dr. Lee became the recipient of the 2010 Molecular Biology Prize from the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Lee has also been named a Distinguished Graduate Award of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and served on the Board of Directors of the Genetics Society of America. She received her A.B. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Harvard University and obtained M.D.-Ph.D degrees from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Lee began her work on epigenetic regulation at the Whitehead Institute/MIT with Rudolf Jaenisch and served as Chief Resident of Clinical Pathology at the Massachusetts General Hospital.As a young investigator, she received the Basil O’Connor Scholar Award from the March of Dimes and the Pew Scholars Award. In 2011, she co-founded RaNA Therapeutics to harness the potential of long noncoding RNAs to treat disease. She is also a founder and Co-Director of the Harvard Epigenetics Initiative.