Scott G. Kennedy, Ph.D.

Title
Professor
Department
Genetics
Institution
Harvard University
Address
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
NRB266
City, State, Zip
Boston, MA 02115
Phone
(617) 432-0094
E-mail
kennedy[at]genetics.med.harvard.edu
Research Field
Genetics
Award Year
2006

Research

The long-term interest of my laboratory is to gain a molecular understanding of the endogenous biological functions of small RNAs. In particular, we are interested in the evolutionarily conserved process of RNA interference (RNAi). We are undertaking genetic screens in the model organism C. elegans to identify and characterize the RNAi machinery. These screens are targeting genes that are required for appropriate organismal responses to dsRNA and genes which function to negatively regulate RNAi. An additional goal of the laboratory is to further our understanding of the endogenous biological functions of this conserved RNAi machinery. Several possibilities for these functions include: protecting organisms from parasitic nucleic acids such as viruses and transposons, the regulation of transcription and chromatin structure, and the post-transcriptional regulation of cellular mRNAs. We are using genetics, molecular biology, and biochemistry to answer these questions.