Sarah Slavoff

Scholar: 2016

Awarded Institution
Assistant Professor
Yale University
Department of Chemistry


Research Interests

Post-transcriptional Regulation of Gene Expression

Gene expression is exquisitely tuned by post-transcriptional processes such as translation regulation and RNA turnover. We leverage tools from chemical biology and mass spectrometry-based proteomics to answer fundamental questions about post-transcriptional regulation, including (1) how ribosomes translate short open reading frames to produce currently non-annotated peptides; (2) how translation initiation site selection regulates and diversifies the proteome; and (3) how protein complexes degrade RNA to shut down gene expression. Our multidisciplinary approach will illuminate the "dark matter" of the genome and the mechanisms by which it is expressed into functional RNA and proteins.