Chuan He is the John T. Wilson Distinguished Service Professor and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator in the Department of Chemistry, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He received his B.S. (1994) from the University of Science and Technology of China, his Ph. D. degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was trained as a Damon-Runyon postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University from 2000-2002. Chuan He’s laboratory discovered reversible RNA methylation as a new mechanism of gene expression regulation at the post-transcriptional level in 2011 and at the transcriptional level in 2020. Recent studies have demonstrated critical roles of RNA methylation in mammalian development and human diseases.
Chuan He: Breaking the Wall to a New Green Revolution
How RNA Modification Helps Build the Crops of the Future
Crop scarcity, exacerbated by climate change, presents a daunting challenge for our future food security. Rising global temperatures, altered precipitation patterns, and increased frequency of extreme weather events like droughts and floods directly impact agricultural productivity. These changes disrupt traditional growing seasons, leading to failed harvests and reduced crop yields. Chuan He, Ph.D., holds the esteemed position of John T. Wilson Distinguished Service Professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator in Chemistry and Biochemistry.
He is credited for his pioneering research in reversible RNA methylation, uncovering innovative pathways in gene expression regulation, which have profound implications for both mammalian development and the understanding of various human diseases.
At Falling Walls, He will explore his groundbreaking research in plant biology, unveiling his visionary approach to enhancing agricultural productivity. By modulating chromatin demethylation, he envisions a future where rice and potato yields could surge by an impressive 50%, simultaneously bolstering their resilience against drought and various other stressors.
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Berlin, 10243 Germany