Lin He

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Lin He
Born 1973/1974 (age 43–44)[1]
Alma mater Tsinghua University, Stanford Medical School, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Awards MacArthur Fellowship
Scientific career
Fields cell biology
Institutions University of California, Berkeley
Doctoral advisor Gregory S. Barsh
Other academic advisors Greg Hannon

Lin He is an associate professor of cell and developmental biology at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, where she leads a lab focusing on identifying non-coding RNA which may play a role in tumorigenesis and tumor maintenance.[2]

Life and work[edit]

Lin He received a B.S. from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China in 1997 and a Ph.D. from Stanford Medical School in 2003, working with Gregory S. Barsh. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory from 2003 to 2007 with Greg Hannon before joining the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley in 2008.

He's research focuses on the role that non-coding microRNAs play in the development and maintenance of tumors. Specifically, she has found that miR-34, a specific microRNA family, plays an essential role in blocking tumor cells from replicating in lung cancers, among others. Her current research is focused on understanding the mechanism that miR-34 plays in tumor suppression. Her lab is also studying the miR-17/92 family. Differential expression of this microRNA cluster has been observed in B-cell lymphomas, suggesting that miR-17/92 members are potential human oncogenes. He's work has appeared in Nature, Nature Genetics, and Science.[3][4]


Lin He received the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 2009;[5] the same year she also received the TWAS Prize.[6]


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  2. ^ "Faculty Research Page - Department of Molecular & Cell Biology". Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Women in Science: 2009 MacArthur Fellows: Lin He and Beth Shapiro". Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "Lin He: Mesmerized by micro", The Scientist, Volume 24 | Issue 4 | Page 66
  5. ^ "Lin He — MacArthur Foundation". Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  6. ^ "Prizes and Awards". The World Academy of Sciences. 2016. 

External links[edit]

  • Lin He profile at UC Berkeley