Join the University of Michigan RNA community!
In 2019, the University of Michigan Biosciences Initiative charged the Center for RNA Biomedicine with the mission to hire five faculty (tenure track), in collaboration with various departments of the University. The first hire was Stephanie Moon, Ph.D., who joined the Center for RNA Biomedicine and the department of Human Genetics in January 2020. Chase Weidmann, Ph.D., is our second RNA Faculty Scholar hire. He fills our BSI position focused on “RNA protein interaction profiling.” Weidmann is scheduled to start September 1, 2021. They both were awarded U-M Biological Sciences Scholars Program (BSSP) designation. See more information about these scholars below.
Stephanie Moon, Ph.D., brings to Michigan extensive experience in the regulation of messenger RNA translation, single molecule level localization, and degradation in the contexts of stress and human disease.
Prior to coming to the U-M, Moon was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute postdoctoral fellow with Roy Parker at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She received her Ph.D. in pathology from Colorado State University.
Some of Moon’s achievements include: 2020-2022 Brain & Behavior Research Foundation NARSAD Young Investigator Grant ($70,000); 2020 Neuroscience Scholar, University of Michigan; 2019 Biological Sciences Scholar, University of Michigan; 2018-2020 National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program Award, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Pediatric-extramural program.
Watch a video about Moon’s research interests
Chase Weidmann, Ph.D., brings expertise in RNA biochemistry, molecular biology, chemical probing, next-gen sequencing and bioinformatics. At U-M, he will build a program aimed at elucidating long noncoding RNA function using high-throughput chemical probing of RNA:protein complexes.
Weidmann received his Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from the University of Michigan in 2015. From 2015 to 2020, he was an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow with Kevin Weeks at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Scholar with Ben Major at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Read about Weidmann’s journey into science: “Exploring unknown territories”
Read his scientific feature
Watch his introduction video