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Portrait of Rachel Green

Rachel Green

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

B.S., Chemistry, University of Michigan
Ph.D., Biochemistry, Harvard University


Rachel Green was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2012 for her work on the molecular mechanisms of protein synthesis and its regulation in diverse systems. She was also elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2017 for her contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health.

Her recent work has used biochemical and genome-wide approaches to define the interconnections between translation, mRNA decay and ribosome rescue. These processes have particular relevance to understanding ribosome homeostasis in biological systems and thus have relevance to disorders broadly defined as “ribosomopathies”.

Green received her B.S. in chemistry at the University of Michigan in 1986 and completed her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Harvard University in 1992. After a postdoctoral fellowship in biochemistry at the University of California, Santa Cruz, she joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins in 1998. Green is currently a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and in the Department of Biology at the Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. Green joined the Stowers Scientific Advisory Board in 2017.

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