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Meet AJ

Allan Jacobson, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems
Gerald L. & Zelda S. Haidak Distinguished Professor of Cell Biology
Member, RNA Therapeutics Institute
Member, Lei Weibo Institute for Rare Diseases Research
Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology
Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Co-founder and Director, PTC Therapeutics Inc.

AJ making sense out of nonsense, a "Voices of UMASSMED" podcast:

AJ on serendipity in science:

AJ on genetic nonsense, from bench to bedside:

Prof. Allan Jacobson Professor and Chair Google Scholar    NCBI    @ajplanetearth

Lab Members

I am interested in the basic mechanisms that control cytoplasmic mRNA translation and decay in eukaryotic cells. Currently, I am investigating how the yeast decapping enzyme is targeted to different mRNAs and whether specific decapping activators have a role in controlling the decapping enzyme’s targeting specificity.

Feng He

Associate Professor  

I am a research associate and lab manager for the Jacobson lab.  My primary research focus is the timing, specificity, and mechanism of the interaction of Upf1 and associated factors with the ribosome during translation. In my spare time I enjoy hiking with my husband and dog, playing the banjo, and kayak fishing.

Robin Ganesan

Research Associate and Lab Manager  
imagemfau.png I am a postdoc interested in investigating the mechanisms of translational readthrough using yeast as a model organism. I am curious about factors affecting readthrough efficacy. In my spare time, I enjoy exploring new places, trying new things, and reading.
Chan Wu

Postdoctoral Fellow  

I am a fourth year graduate student interested in using genome-wide approaches to study mRNA-associated factors that influence the efficiency of translation termination and stop codon readthrough. I love reading and playing the piano when I’m not in the lab.

Kotcha Mangkalaphiban

Graduate Student