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Peter Qin

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biological Sciences

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 821-2461
Office: LJS 251

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Ph.D. Biophysics, Columbia University, 1/1999
B.S. Physics, Peking University, China, 7/1991

Postdoctoral Training

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UCLA, 02/1999-07/2002  

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California, 04/2009-  
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California, 08/2002-04/2009  

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Professor Qin’s research focuses on understanding structure, dynamics, and function of RNA and DNA. His group has spearheaded the development and application of a unique biophysical tool, called site-directed spin labeling (SDSL), for studying nucleic acids. He has developed new SDSL methodologies driven by specific questions related to DNA and RNA, and used these expanded SDSL tools to obtain information where other methods have failed. His work aid in understanding basic biological processes, deciphering causes of human diseases, and developing novel nano-scale devices.

Research Keywords

site-directed spin labeling (SDSL), RNA, DNA, structure, dynamics, function, motors, packaging RNA

Honors and Awards

National Science Foundation CAREER award, 2006-2011  
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