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Prof Finn Werner
University College London, Darwin Building
Gower Street
Tel: 0044 20 7679 0147
Fax: 0044 20 7679 7193
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  • Professor of Molecular Biophysics
  • Structural & Molecular Biology
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
I received my scientific training at universities in Denmark (Copenhagen) and the United Kingdom (Imperial College London). I have carried out biochemical research at the University Hospital in Copenhagen, the Thrombosis Research Institute London, Imperial College London and University College London. I joined UCL in 2005 and have never regretted it, both the research environment, the scientific and collegial atmosphere and unrivalled by the other institutions I have worked at.
Research Themes
Research Summary
Important regulatory events in the cell occur at the level of transcription, which is facilitated by RNA polymerases (RNAPs). Our research focuses on the workings of the archaeal RNAP, a superb and biochemically tractable model system for eukaryotic RNAPII. We make use of a recombinant transcription system that allows us to introduce mutations, chemically reactive or fluorescent probes into the RNAP and test the resulting RNAP variants in a range of sophisticated biochemical and biophysical assays. This functional dissection strategy of RNAP illuminates the function of the RNAP and its interplay with transcription factors - ultimately explaining gene expression at the atomic level.
Teaching Summary
In addition to teaching postgraduate students in my lab, I teach undergraduates at UCL in Biochemistry (Bioc1007), Molecular Biology (Bioc2001 and Bio3004), and Fundamental and Advanced Biomolecular Mechanisms (Bioc3006/3).
Academic Background
2002   Doctor of Philosophy Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
1993   Bachelor of Science University of Copenhagen
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