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.