Richard Young’s research combines novel high-throughput biological methods with new computational techniques to investigate the mechanisms that...
Richard Young’s research combines novel high-throughput biological methods with new computational techniques to investigate the mechanisms that control genes in living cells. Recent results from his group include the discovery of the core regulatory circuitry of human embryonic stem cells and insights into the mechanisms that control human development. Dr. Young believes that knowledge of regulatory circuitry will provide the foundation for future therapeutic strategies against major human diseases.
Dr. Young is a Member of the Whitehead Institute and a Professor of Biology at MIT. He received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University and his B.S. degree in Biological Sciences at Indiana University. Dr. Young’s awards include a Burroughs Wellcome Scholarship, the Chiron Corporation Biotechnology Research Award, Yale’s Wilbur Cross Medal, and Scientific American recognized him as one of the top 50 leaders in science, technology and business in 2006. He has served as an advisor to Science magazine, the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization.