Jeffrey Chao obtained his PhD from The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA where he worked with James Williamson on the structure and function of RNA-protein complexes. His postdoctoral studies with Robert Singer at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY focused on understanding RNA localization and developing fluorescent microscopy techniques for imaging single mRNAs. In 2013, he established his own group at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research in Basel, Switzerland. His group has recently described an innovative fluorescent imaging methodology that enables the time and location of the first translation events of single mRNAs within a living cell to be measured. His laboratory continues to investigate the mechanisms that control post-transcriptional regulation in the cytoplasm.
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