Professor

Thomas Robert Cech

University of Colorado
Area
Biological Sciences
Specialty
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Member Since
1988

President, Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Distinguished Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder. Research in RNA and DNA biochemistry, and molecular biology. He and his research group discovered ribozymes, catalytic RNA molecules, in 1982. They identified the catalytic protein subunit of telomerase, which replicates chromosome ends, in 1997. Current research concerns telomerase and x-ray crystallography of RNA. Public policy interests include science education, university conflict of interest policy, and multidisciplinary research.

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