Paul Agris

Renowned biochemist, innovator and expert in RNA Design

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Paul Agris

College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Biological Sciences

Molecular Biology and Biophysics; structure-function relationships of nucleic acids; introduction of modified nucleosides into RNA and DNA; chemical synthesis of oligonucleotides with phosphoramidite chemistries; RNA-based drug therapeutics

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A renowned biochemistry innovator and expert in nucleic acid design, Professor Paul Agris came from North Carolina State University, where he was a professor of biochemistry in the Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry, and, for 14 years, headed the RNA Society of North Carolina. He was a Founding Director of the RNA Institute at the University at Albany. His research interests include RNA-based drug therapeutics, structure/function relationships of nucleic acids, and the roles of modified nucleosides in tRNA.