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John Rinn, the Leslie Orgel Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, is a genetic scientist interested in how meters of DNA are organized into the small confines of the cell’s nucleus. Moreover, how does DNA take on different “shapes” that specify which genes are expressed and in turn cell fate. First referred to as “genomic origami” by way of analogy a piece of paper can fold into many shapes (paper airplane, crane etc) yet it’s the same piece of paper. …


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John Rinn University of Colorado Boulder

Professor John Rinn at the University of Colorado Boulder has a long standing research interest in how human genes decide to turn on or off, or transcriptional regulation. Interestingly, some genes only turn on in very specific settings. For example, a single layer of cells in the brain. Raising the question: how do these genes stay off in almost every cell in the body and turn on in just a handful of cells. The genes that tend to be more specified in where they turn on are a class of genes known as RNA genes. …


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A Leslie Orgel professor at the University of Colorado, John Rinn teaches and mentors PhD students as well as studies human genome regulation. As part of this work, John Rinn co-authored the article “Interchromosomal interactions: A genomic love story of kissing chromosomes” with Philipp G. Maass and A. Rasim Barutcu.

Published in the Journal of Cell Biology, “Interchromosomal interactions: A genomic love story of kissing chromosomes” shares the results of a review of recent studies on cross-chromosomal communication. Aimed at identifying why and where chromosomal communication is pertinent to healthy physiological gene-expression programs, it features insight into how long three-dimensional…


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John Rinn, PhD, is an accomplished biochemist working in areas of RNA biology research. In 2017, Dr. John Rinn joined the BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder as the Leslie Orgel Professor Professor of RNA Science.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Rinn has authored numerous articles and papers, including one on interchromosomal interactions published in the Journal of Cell Biology. …


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John Rinn University of Colorado Boulder

Former Harvard University professor John Rinn is a Leslie Orgel professor of RNA science at the University of Colorado (UC), Boulder. More specifically, John Rinn is a faculty member of the Interdisciplinary Quantitative (IQ) Biology PhD program offered through the institution’s BioFrontiers Institute.

The IQ Biology PhD Certificate at UC Boulder is designed to teach engineering, life sciences, applied mathematics, and computer science students the interdisciplinary quantitative skills they need to enable effective collaboration in academia and industry. Students also gain the competencies necessary for well-rounded research and gain in-depth knowledge of fields outside their core competencies.

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As a HHMI early career scientist, John Rinn dedicates his research to RNA biology. Specifically, focusing on how long noncoding RNA (lncRNA) genes can play important biological roles as RNA molecules (rather than the more commonly studied protein based genes). John Rinn teaches courses at the University of Colorado Boulder as the Leslie Orgel Professor of RNA Science. Outside his basic research, John Rinn also serves on the editorial board of Genome Biology, a leading peer-reviewed, open-access scientific journal.

Genome Biology is committed to publishing exceptional research in all areas of biomedicine and biology studied through a post-genomic and genomic…

John Rinn

John Rinn, PhD, previously served as a professor with Harvard University’s Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology.

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