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Wendy V. Gilbert, PhD

Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

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Wendy V. Gilbert, PhD


Wendy Gilbert is a Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. Her work focuses on regulatory elements in messenger RNA that control the cellular expression of the information stored in the genetic code. She earned her PhD at UCSF with Christine Guthrie, studying mRNA export and being fascinated by the exquisite mechanisms that couple export-competence to completion of RNA processing. As a postdoc in Jennifer Doudna’s lab at UC Berkeley, she uncovered a non-canonical mechanism of translation initiation. Her lab’s current work ranges widely across RNA biology with the unifying theme of elucidating the molecular mechanisms of RNA regulatory elements controlling mRNA biogenesis, translation and decay. Most recently, this has been in the area of RNA base modification. Notable awards include the RNA Society’s Early Career Award (2017) for her “paradigm-altering contributions to the field of post-transcriptional gene regulation” and the RNA Society Award for Excellence in Inclusive Leadership (2023) for her efforts to promote the training and professional development of underrepresented scientists.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    UC Berkeley
  • PhD
    UCSF, Biochemistry
  • AB
    Princeton University, Molecular Biology

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Award for Inclusion and BelongingYale University2023
RNA Society Award for Excellence in Inclusive LeadershipRNA Society2023
Poorvu Prize for Academic InnovationYale University2020
RNA Society Early Career AwardRNA Society2017
American Cancer Society Research Scholar AwardAmerican Cancer Society2014
Robert A. Swanson Career Development ProfessorMIT2009
NIH Pathways to Independence AwardNIH2007
Damon Runyon Postdoctoral FellowshipDamon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation2004
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral FellowshipHoward Hughes Medical Institute1995

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