RNA Featured Researcher — John Moldovan, Human Genetics

John Moldovan, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Moran Research Group
Department of Human Genetics


  • Who/what brought you to science? I have always wanted to know how and why things work. I became seriously interested in science as a career after taking cell biology in college.


  • What are your research interests? I study human LINE-1 elements, which are the only active self-mobilizing transposons in the human
    genome. LINE-1 proteins interact with their encoding LINE-1 RNA to form LINE-1 ribonucleoprotein (RNP) complexes. I would like to know
    how LINE-1 RNPs function and what host cell proteins are involved in LINE-1 mobility.


  • What do you hope is the outcome/impact of your research? I hope that the fundamental research that I do will inform future studies and contribute to exciting new discoveries in RNA biology and human health.


  • What advice would you give to students who’d like to get more involved in research? Start working in a research lab. Contact labs that interest you. Offer to volunteer. Talk to your professors, mentors, and other students that work in labs for guidance.


  • What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Professional motorcycle road racer.

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