The Tech Interviews Prof. Rudy Jaenisch

by Nancy DuVergne Smith on November 25, 2011

in Campus Culture, Engineering, Health

Whitehead Institute Founding Member and MIT Professor of Biology Rudolf Jaenisch.  Photo: Sam Ogden/Whitehead Institute

MIT Professor of Biology Rudolf Jaenisch. Photo: Sam Ogden/Whitehead Institute

In a recent issue, Tech Associate News Editor Derek Chang interviewed Professor Rudolf Jaenisch, MIT biology professor and a founding member of the Whitehead Institute, who was recently named by President Obama as one of the seven recipients of the National Medal of Science, the highest honor given by the U.S. government in the fields of science and engineering.

The award honored Jaenisch’s work on epigenetic regulation, the biological processes that affect how genetic information is translated into cell structures without changing the genes themselves.

The interview provides personal notes, including the fact that he went to medical school like his father, but soon turned to experimental science and and molecular biology.

Download the PDF of the Nov. 1 issue of The Tech to read the interview, which starts on the front page.

 

 

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