Joint prof. enrolled in biomedical temple
Peking University, May 13, 2013: The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) on May 9 announced its new group of 27 investigators. Peking University Joint Professor He Chuan, Chang Jiang Scholar from the College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering (CCME), stood out from 1,155 applicants as the only Chinese selected for his individual scientific excellence.
Professor He Chuan is now in charge of the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics, the University of Chicago, where he began his research in 2002. He was hired in 2011 as founding director of the Synthetic and Functional Biomolecules Center, an interdisciplinary research entity at PKU.
He Chuan brings a chemist’s perspective to biological problems ranging from chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, structural biology to microbiology. His latest work focuses on epigenetics.
He has recently discovered chemical modification in DNA-5-hydroxymethylcytosine, or 5hmC. His tools made it possible to detect and survey the exact locations of 5hmC as well as its further oxidized derivatives, such as 5-formylcytosine, or 5fC in the mammalian genome. He will continue on his research on mechanisms of DNA repair and new modes of genetic regulations.
HHMI is a nonprofit medical research organization which ranks one of the world largest philanthropies, which plays a prominent role in advancing biomedical research and science education. HHMI has about 330 investigators at present, among which 15 members are Nobel Prize winners, 169 are members of the National Academies of the United States.
Written by: Zhang Ruichen
Edited by: Zhao Xiaowei