University of California, Santa Cruz
Manuel Ares, Jr., is a professor of molecular, cell, and developmental biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Manuel Ares's research focuses on RNA processing and the structure and function of RNA, with special attention to the role of RNA processing in genome function and evolution. To encourage the development of scientist-teachers, he recruited undergraduates to participate in a research group that conducted genomic studies of splicing in humans and Plasmodium spp., the causative agent of malaria.
After receiving a BS in biology at Cornell University, Ares earned a PhD (1982) from UC San Diego, where he was a graduate student in the lab of Stephen H. Howell; his thesis was on cell cycle-regulated gene expression in Chlamydomonas. Ares went on to do a postdoc at Yale University School of Medicine with Alan Weiner, working on the transcription of human small nuclear RNA (snRNA) genes. During this time, he became interested in the functions of small structural RNAs such as the U snRNAs, 7SL, 7SK and others in gene expression.
Ares joined UC Santa Cruz as an assistant professor in the biology department in 1987, became a full professor in 1998, and was the founding chairman of the Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology. He served as chairman from 2000 to 2002. Ares has taught undergraduate lecture courses in General Microbiology, Biochemistry, a course on the Human Genome for nonmajors, a Yeast Molecular Genetics Laboratory. He currently teaches Introductory Cell and Molecular Biology. In 2004 he won the UC Santa Cruz Excellence in Teaching Award. Ares has authored more than 100 research articles, holds two U.S. patents, and at different times has been a full member of three study sections of the National Institutes of Health. He has served on the editorial boards of the journals PLOS Computational Biology, Gene Expression, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and RNA, as well as on the advisory board of the Saccharomyces Genome Database at Stanford. He has served on the Board of Directors of the International RNA Society and served as President of the RNA Society in 2011.