Steitz’s story begins in 1977 when introns, exons and RNA splicing had just been discovered. She goes on to tell us of the importance of serendipity in her lab’s discovery of SNURPS, the small nuclear ribonucleoproteins that are key to the splicing of pre-messenger RNA.
Joan Steitz is a Professor at the Yale School of Medicine, an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Steitz continues to study RNA splicing, and her lab has identified several other types of RNPs. While Steitz’s science is renowned, she is also applauded for her… Continue Reading