Frédéric Allain was born in France in 1969. He studied chemistry at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris and did his PhD with Dr. G.Varani at the MRC-LMB of Cambridge where he determined one of the first protein-RNA complex structures using NMR (1993-1997). Between 1997 and 2000, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA in the group of Prof. J.Feigon, followed by one year as Research associate in the HHMI/UCLA in the group of Prof. D.Black. In August 2001, Frédéric Allain joined the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biophysics of the ETH Zürich initially as an Assistant Professor. In 2007 he became an Associate Professor and is a Full Professor since 2011. Fred Allain’s research interest is centered on understanding the molecular mechanisms involved in the regulation of several post-transcriptional gene regulation processes namely RNA editing, RNA alternative-splicing, translation regulation and miRNA biogenesis. To this aim, Prof. Allain’s group has determined using NMR more than 11 protein-RNA complexes associated with these processes since joining the ETH in 2001. Prof. Allain was elected EMBO Member in 2009.
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