Dr. Ren, is currently Member of the Ludwig Cancer Research (LCR) and Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine. He obtained his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1998, and subsequently conducted postdoc research at the Whitehead Institute. He joined the faculty at LCR and UCSD in 2001, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2007 and to Full Professor in 2009. He also serves as a co-director of the UCSD Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Graduate Program. Dr. Ren has made seminal contributions to molecular understanding of genome organization and function. As a postdoctoral fellow, he invented ChIP-chip, a transformative approach that enabled genome-wide determinations of transcription factor binding and covalent chromatin modification. He exploited this approach to discover hundreds of thousands of regulatory sequences in the human and mouse genomes. Dr. Ren has also investigated the molecular architecture of chromatin in mammalian cells and discovered that the genome is partitioned into thousands of megabase-sized “topological domains”. He is a recipient of the Kimmel Scholar award and Young Investigator Award of the Chinese Biological Investigator Society, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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