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RNA Chemistry: Deciphering the Building Blocks of Life

In this episode, Philip Bevilacqua from Pennsylvania State University talks about the world of RNA chemistry. Learn about the innovative research being conducted in RNA chemistry, the challenges scientists face, and the potential of RNA-based therapies. Available on all major podcast platforms. 

RNA Chemistry: Deciphering the Building Blocks of Life

About the Speaker 

Philip C. Bevilacqua is a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at The Pennsylvania State University, where he is also the head of the Department of Chemistry.  His research interests focus on understanding the roles of RNA folding and catalysis in biology. Bevilacqua earned his B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Physics from John Carroll University in 1987 and his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Rochester in 1993. He completed his postdoctoral research at the University of Colorado, Boulder, under the guidance of Professor Thomas R. Cech. Bevilacqua has received several awards and honors throughout his career, including the Jane Coffin Childs Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, the C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Penn State Faculty Scholar Medal in Physical Sciences. He is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences. Bevilacqua has published extensively, with a total of 196 publications and an H-index of 51 (Web of Science) and 60 (Google Scholar). He has given 160 invited talks at universities and meetings and co-organized several national meetings. Bevilacqua is a member of various professional societies, including the AAAS, the American Chemical Society, and the RNA Society, where he serves on the editorial board. 

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Having grown beyond its roots in analytical chemistry and spectroscopy, Pittcon has evolved into an event that now also serves a diverse constituency encompassing life sciences, pharmaceutical discovery and QA, food safety, environmental, bioterrorism and other emerging markets.

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