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Paula J. Schlax

Professor of Chemistry


Chemistry and Biochemistry

Dana Chemistry Hall, Room 220


I am fascinated by a fundamental question; How is regulation of gene expression as a response to external stimulus achieved? My laboratory is investigating translational regulation, RNA localization and RNA decay in spirochetes, including the organism that causes Lyme disease. I am particularly interested in the importance of the thermodynamics and kinetics of mRNA folding in in regulating RNA levels and translation.

I am also involved in fostering inclusion and equity in STEM.