Peter B. Dervan

California Institute of Technology


Election Year: 1986
Primary Section: 14, Chemistry
Secondary Section: 21, Biochemistry
Membership Type: Member

Research Interests

Dr. Dervan pioneered an understanding of the chemical principles for the recognition of the genetic material, DNA. He has created small synthetic molecules comparable in affinity and specificity to Nature's proteins for binding predetermined DNA sequences. This fundamental research may allow the regulation of gene expression in cells and could have important implications for human medicine

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