Jinwei Zhang, Ph.D.
Structural Biology of Noncoding RNAs and Ribonucleoproteins Section, Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Building 50, Room 4503
50 South Dr
Bethesda, MD 20814
+1 301 402 4703
The goal of our research is to gain a detailed structural and mechanistic understanding of cellular and viral noncoding RNAs and their associated ribonucleoprotein complexes involved in gene regulation and human diseases. We are working to uncover general motifs and principles that govern RNA tertiary structure formation, RNA recognition by another RNA or protein, and how dynamic RNA structures contribute to the regulation of gene expression and human pathophysiology.
- Structure, mechanism, targeting, and engineering of gene-regulatory riboswitches
- tRNA-mediated stress sensing and response pathways in eukaryotes
- HIV and other viral RNA structures and their protein complexes
Applying our Research
Structural and mechanistic elucidation of functionally important gene-regulatory noncoding RNAs and viral RNAs will inform and guide design of novel diagnostic and therapeutic strategies against bacterial and viral infections, metabolic disorders, and cancer.
Need for Further Study
Our research aims to help illuminate the molecular structure, function, and mechanisms of the “dark matter” of the transcriptome, the non-coding RNAs that execute various cellular functions, as well as viral RNA structures that enable viral transcription, replication, packaging, and infectivity. Detailed understanding of these non-coding structured RNAs will lead to novel therapeutics that improve human health.
- Research Fellow, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH, 2011-2015
- Research Associate, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 2009-2011
- Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009
- B.S., Peking University, 2002
Stagno JR, Liu Y, Bhandari YR, Conrad CE, Panja S, Swain M, Fan L, Nelson G, Li C, Wendel DR, White TA, Coe JD, Wiedorn MO, Knoska J, Oberthuer D, Tuckey RA, Yu P, Dyba M, Tarasov SG, Weierstall U, Grant TD, Schwieters CD, Zhang J, Ferré-D'Amaré AR, Fromme P, Draper DE, Liang M, Hunter MS, Boutet S, Tan K, Zuo X, Ji X, Barty A, Zatsepin NA, Chapman HN, Spence JC, Woodson SA, Wang YX. Structures of riboswitch RNA reaction states by mix-and-inject XFEL serial crystallography. Nature. 2017;541(7636):242-246.
Zhang J. Brothers in arms: emerging roles of RNA epigenetics in DNA damage repair. Cell Biosci. 2017;7:24.
Zhang J, Ferré-D'Amaré AR. The tRNA Elbow in Structure, Recognition and Evolution. Life (Basel). 2016;6(1).
Zhang J, Ferré-DAmaré AR. Trying on tRNA for Size: RNase P and the T-box Riboswitch as Molecular Rulers. Biomolecules. 2016;6(2).
Zhang J, Landick R. A Two-Way Street: Regulatory Interplay between RNA Polymerase and Nascent RNA Structure. Trends Biochem Sci. 2016;41(4):293-310.
Related Scientific Focus Areas
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Biomedical Engineering and Biophysics
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