Professor, Biodesign Center for Mechanisms of Evolution
Julian J.-L. Chen is a Professor of Biochemistry at Arizona State University. His research interests are in structure and function of RNA molecules and ribonucleoprotein complexes. His research at ASU focuses on the structure, function and evolution of the telomerase enzyme, an enzyme essential for maintaining telomere length at chromosome ends in most eukaryotes. Because of its role in chromosome stability, telomerase regulation is a critical step in tumorigenesis and aging. Elucidation of the molecular mechanism of telomerase function will have significant impact on the development of therapeutics for human cancer and aging.