Howard Y. Chang M.D., Ph.D. is Professor of Dermatology at Stanford University School of Medicine. Chang earned a Ph.D. in Biology from MIT, M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and completed Dermatology residency and postdoctoral training at Stanford University. His research addresses how large sets of genes are turned on or off together, which is important in normal development, cancer, and aging. Chang discovered a new class of genes, termed long noncoding RNAs, can control gene activity throughout the genome, illuminating a new layer of biological regulation. He has invented new methods for epigenomic profiling and defining RNA structures genome-wide. The long term goal of his research is to decipher the regulatory information in the genome to benefit human health.
Dr. Chang’s honors include the Damon Runyon Scholar Award, American Cancer Society Research Scholar Award, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine New Faculty Award, elected membership to the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientist, and the Judson Daland Prize of the American Philosophical Society.
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