James R. Williamson is a Professor in the Departments of Molecular Biology and Chemistry, and is a member of the Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA. Dr. Williamson received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Stanford University in 1988, and following postdoctoral work at the University of Colorado, he joined the faculty in the Chemistry Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1990, where he attained the rank of Associate Professor with tenure in 1997. Dr. Williamson moved to TSRI in 1998 as Professor, and in 2001 he became the Associate Dean for the Chemistry Program. In 2008, he became Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for the Kellogg School of Science and Technology at TSRI. Dr. Williamson's research involves the study RNA structure, RNA-protein interactions, and RNA-ligand interactions using biochemistry, biophysics, and structural biology approaches.
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