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February 22, 2007

Dr. Jane Tao, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Rice University, 2-22-07


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Dr. Yizhi Jane Tao earned her bachelor's degree from Peking University in China in 1992 and her Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1999. In 2002, following postdoctoral training at Harvard, she joined the faculty at Rice University, where she is currently an Assistant Professor Of Biochemistry And Cell Biology.
Dr. Tao's scientific research efforts are focused on RNA viruses. Among her favorite subjects are the influenza A viruses, including those that cause both yearly human flu epidemics and the recent widespread H5N1 avian flu.

Influenza viruses contain an RNA genome, and they replicate their genome using a set of protein factors that are different from those used by their animal hosts. Recently, Dr. Tao's group determined the atomic structure of the influenza virus nucleoprotein, a well-conserved protein with essential roles in viral RNA replication. The atomic structure of influenza virus nucleoprotein reveals interesting features that may have important applications in the development of new anti-influenza drugs.

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