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Nicholas J. Reiter, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Contact Information:

670 Robinson Research Building
Nashville, TN 37232-0146
Fax: 615-322-4349


The focus of our research is to understand the fundamental properties of ribonucleic acid (RNA) and how it interacts with protein molecules that are involved in cancer. RNA is unique because it is the only biological molecule that can both carry genetic information and perform chemical reactions by acting as an enzyme. A key property of RNA that allows it to perform a diversity of biological tasks is its ability to fold into a wide range of complex, three-dimensional structures. The focus of our research involves elucidating these RNA three-dimensional structures and determining if specific RNA molecules and RNA-protein interactions play a direct role in cancer pathways. We use a combination of discovery biochemistry and structural biology to learn more about the role of RNA in human disease processes.

  •          BA, Carleton College, Northfield MN
  •          PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison