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1. Become aware of dynamic RNA modifications as important regulators of gene expression in human cells.
2. Understand epitranscriptomic regulation in biology and human disease, through the use of the example, pseudouridine.
3. Learn about novel epitranscriptomic methods that are enabling the discovery of new RNA modifications.
Chengqi Yi is a Professor of Biochemistry at the School of Life Sciences, Peking University, China, and an Investigator at the Peking-Tsinghua Center for Life Sciences, China. Chengqi's research interests focus on RNA and DNA modifications. More specifically, his recent work has focused on two areas: Firstly, understanding RNA modification-mediated gene expression regulation and applying such epitranscriptomic knowledge to the development of next-generation RNA medicines. Secondly, developing novel technologies for epigenomic profiling and genome-editing and applying these tools to disease diagnosis and treatment.
Chengqi obtained his BS in Chemistry from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2005, followed by his PhD in Chemical Biology from The University of Chicago in 2010. Having completed his postdoctoral studies in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at The University of Chicago in 2011, he now serves as the Vice Director of the State Key Laboratory of Protein and Plant Gene Research.