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Roy Parker, PhD
Investigator / 1994–Present

Scientific Discipline

Biochemistry, Cell Biology

Host Institution

University of Colorado Boulder

Current Position

Dr. Parker is also a professor of chemistry and biochemistry and the Cech-Leinwand Endowed Chair of Biochemistry at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Current Research

Control of mRNA Function in Eukaryotic Cells

Roy Parker is interested in the biogenesis, function, and degradation of eukaryotic mRNA and how cells regulate different steps in this process.This work is fundamental to understanding the control of gene expression, as well as complex processes such as development and synaptic plasticity. A long-term goal is to understand how aberrancies of normal mRNA control lead to pathologies, including neurodegenerative disease.

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Biography

Dr. Parker is also a professor of chemistry and biochemistry and the Cech-Leinwand Endowed Chair of Biochemistry at the University of Colorado Boulder. He received his Ph.D. degree in genetics from the University of California, San Francisco,…

Dr. Parker is also a professor of chemistry and biochemistry and the Cech-Leinwand Endowed Chair of Biochemistry at the University of Colorado Boulder. He received his Ph.D. degree in genetics from the University of California, San Francisco, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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Education

  • BS, chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University
  • PhD, genetics, University of California, San Francisco

Awards

  • Merit Award, National Institutes of Health

Memberships

  • President, The RNA Society (2010)
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • National Academy of Sciences