Dr. Breaker is currently Chair of the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University where holds a Henry Ford II Professorship. He is jointly appointed as a professor in the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, and is an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Breaker conducts research on the advanced functions of nucleic acids, including the discovery and analysis of novel ribozymes, deoxyribozymes and noncoding RNAs. His laboratory also studies ligand-binding RNAs called riboswitches that control gene expression in many species from all three domains of life.
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