I will be starting as an assistant professor of Biochemistry and Molecular biology at Baylor College of Medicine in summer 2021. The Fazal lab will be part of the Therapeutic Innovation Center, and will be generously supported by a Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas award. The lab will develop and apply approaches to study the dynamic organization of RNAs within cells.
I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. I have been in Howard Chang?s lab since 2015, where I have been developing and using genomic tools to illuminate RNA biology (Cell 2019; NSMB 2019). My research focuses on investigating the impact of RNA structure and RNA subcellular localization on gene regulation. My postdoctoral work is supported by an NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award, an Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship, and an NIH T32 Training Grant.
I got my PhD in Applied Physics from Stanford in the lab of Steven Block, where I utilized single-molecule techniques to study eukaryotic and prokaryotic transcription (Nature 2015; Nature Comms. 2017; PNAS 2015; JMB 2012; Nature Photonics 2011). My graduate work was supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.
I graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College, with majors in physics, chemistry, and biology. My undergraduate thesis work was in the field of organic synthesis, with research experiences in optics (Optics Letters, 2007), astrophysics (ApJL, 2008) and chemical self-assembly (BMCL, 2007).
Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University, Applied Physics (2015)
Master of Science, Stanford University, Applied Physics (2010)
Bachelor of Arts, Amherst College, Physics, Chemistry, Biology (2008)
Howard Chang, Postdoctoral Faculty Sponsor