Ben Blencowe is a professor in the Banting and Best Department of Medical Research and Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto. He received a BSc hons in Microbiology from Imperial College London in 1988, and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of London and EMBL Heidelberg in 1991. He was then a postdoctoral fellow with Phillip Sharp in the Center for Cancer Research at MIT from 1992-1998. Dr. Blencowe is internationally recognized for his contributions to the understanding of splicing regulation. His group is currently engaged in the systematic analysis of the regulation, function and evolution of alternative exon networks, with a focus on exon networks that control nervous system development and embryonic stem cell pluripotency. Dr. Blencowe has been the recipient of several research awards, most recently the 2011 Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences Senior Investigator Award and the 2011 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada John C. Polyani Award.
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