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IAS Senior Visiting Fellow
Prof Paul Schimmel
Ernest and Jean Hahn Professor and Chair in Molecular Biology and Chemistry
The Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology
The Scripps Research Institute
Research Areas:
Genetics, with emphasis on aminoacyl tRNA synthetases

Prof Paul Schimmel received his PhD in Biophysical Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1966. Before he joined the Scripps Research Institute in 1997, he was a Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics in the Department of Biology at MIT. His major research activities have concentrated on the decoding of genetic information, with emphasis on the rules of the universal genetic code which are established through aminoacylation reactions catalyzed by a group of enzymes known as aminoacyl tRNA synthetases. The latter are believed by many to be among the first enzymes to arise on this planet in the early stages of the evolution of life.

Having a longstanding interest in the applications of basic biomedical research to human health, Prof Schimmel is a Member of the US Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and the US Institute of Medicine. He holds several patents and is a cofounder or founding director of twelve biotechnology companies, of which six are publicly traded. These companies are developing new therapies for human diseases and disorders, one of which, Pangu, is a joint venture with HKUST.  

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