Every year, ACS Chemical Biology and the ACS Division of Biological Chemistry select a distinguished and well-respected researcher for the ACS Chemical Biology Lectureship Award. Winners of this honor include: Alanna Schepartz (2010), Stuart Schreiber (2011), Carolyn Bertozzi (2012), Wilfred van der Donk (2013), Peter Dervan (2014), Kevan Shokat (2015), Peter G. Schultz (2016), Benjamin F. Cravatt (2017), and James A, Wells (2018). This year, the journal and division will present this award to Professor Chuan He, Ph.D., of the University of Chicago.
Professor He is the John T. Wilson Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Chicago. His recent accomplishments are vast. In 2011, his group discovered reversible RNA methylation as a new mechanism of gene expression regulation at the post-transcriptional level. Since then, he has been selected as an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (2013), leads Chicago’s first Center for Excellence in Genomic Science (2016), and was one of three recipients of the Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research from Memorial Sloan Kettering (2017).
Professor He received his bachelor of science degree in 1994 from the University of Science and Technology of China and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2000. After training as a Damon-Runyon postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, he joined the University of Chicago as an assistant professor, rising to associate professor in 2008 and full professor in 2010. His recent research concerns reversible RNA and DNA methylation in biological regulation. His laboratory has spearheaded the development of enabling technologies to study the biology of 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC) in mammalian genomes.
Join ACS Chemical Biology and the ACS Division of Biological Chemistry March 31 – April 4, 2019, at the ACS National Meeting in Orlando, FL, where Chuan He will be presented with the Lectureship Award. He will deliver the keynote address for the symposium chaired by ACS Chemical Biology Editor-in-Chief Professor Laura L. Kiessling on Tuesday, April 2, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and a meet-the-speaker reception will be held immediately following the session, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 pm.
See below for the scheduled speakers for the ACS Chemical Biology Lectureship Symposium:
Attenuating oncogenic transcription with small molecules Angela N. Koehler
Chemical tools to probe signaling by dynamic protein lipidation Bryan C. Dickinson
Using Old Antibiotics to Uncover New Ones Mohammad Seyedsayamdost
Deciphering patterns in selective small molecule: RNA interactions Amanda E. Hargrove
Introduction of Awardee
RNA methylation in gene expression regulation Chuan He