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Robert H. Singer, PhD
Janelia Senior Fellow / 2012–Present

Scientific Discipline

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology

Host Institution

Janelia Farm Research Campus

Current Position

Dr. Singer is a senior fellow at the Janelia Farm Research Campus. In addition to his Janelia appointment, Singer holds the following positions at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine: Professor and Cochair, Department of Anatomy and Structural Biology; Professor in the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience and in Department of Cell Biology; and Codirector of the Gruss-Lipper Biophotonics Center.

Current Research

Studying Single mRNA Molecules from Cradle to Grave

Rob Singer’s lab seeks to understand the expression and movement of mRNA. His lab developed methods to label RNA endogenously in cell lines and mice. He develops microscopy to observe and quantify single mRNAs in neuronal processes, and can follow the mRNA from transcription through nuclear export, translation and degradation.

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A single mRNA going through a pore...

Biography

A senior fellow at Janelia, Robert Singer uses a method to label endogenous mRNAs in living cells to study the expression and kinetics of RNA within cells and tissues. A pioneer of the idea that cells localize proteins by directing mRNAs to…

A senior fellow at Janelia, Robert Singer uses a method to label endogenous mRNAs in living cells to study the expression and kinetics of RNA within cells and tissues. A pioneer of the idea that cells localize proteins by directing mRNAs to specific destinations, Singer is currently applying mRNA detection to the study of mRNA kinetics in brain tissue of transgenic mice. Singer holds a BS in physical chemistry from Oberlin College and a PhD from Brandeis University in developmental biology. He did his postdoctoral work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. In addition to his Janelia appointment, Singer holds the following positions at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine: Professor and Cochair, Department of Anatomy and Structural Biology; Professor in the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience and in Department of Cell Biology; and Codirector of the Gruss-Lipper Biophotonics Center.

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Education

  • BS, chemistry, Oberlin College
  • PhD, developmental biology, Brandeis University

Awards

  • Massachusetts Center for Excellence Award, awarded by Governor Dukakis
  • First Annual Faculty Research Achievement Award, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Marshall S. Horwitz Faculty Prize for Research Excellence, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Memberships

  • National Academy of Sciences
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences