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Jingyue JU

Samuel Ruben-Peter G. Viele Professor of Engineering, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Pharmacology; Director, Center for Genome Technology and Biomolecular Engineering, Columbia University, USA

Professor Jingyue Ju received his Ph.D. degree in Bioorganic Chemistry from the University of Southern California in 1994. He was a U.S. Department of Energy Human Genome Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley from 1994 to 1995; during this time he co-invented the fluorescence energy transfer labeling technology for DNA sequencing and analysis, which has been widely used to successfully complete the international Human Genome Project. From 1995 to 1999, he was a Senior Scientist and Director of Chemistry and Assay Development at Incyte Genomics, California. He joined Columbia University as a faculty member in 1999, and is currently a Samuel Ruben-Peter G. Viele Professor of Engineering, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Pharmacology, and Director of Center for Genome Technology & Biomolecular Engineering. His laboratory has invented several generations of DNA sequencing technologies, including the development of a four-color DNA sequencing by synthesis platform using cleavable fluorescent nucleotide reversible terminators, currently the dominant approach used in next-generation DNA sequencing systems, which has laid the foundation for the $1,000 genome. Professor Ju is the inventor of 37 issued U.S. patents in genomics, including a novel approach for single molecule real-time electronic DNA sequencing that has the potential to accelerate the use of DNA sequencing for wide applications in clinical diagnosis and precision medicine. He is a recipient of the Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering. His research interest is in the design and synthesis of novel molecules for biological labeling and imaging, and developing new technologies for genomic research.