Dr. Taekjip Ha is a Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Senior Investigator of Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. He is also an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He received his undergraduate degree in Physics from Seoul National University in 1990 and Physics Ph.D from University of California at Berkeley in 1996. After postdoctoral training at Stanford University, he was a Physics professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University.

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He uses sophisticated physical techniques to manipulate and visualize the movements of single molecules to understand basic biological processes involving DNA and other molecules. His research pushes the limits of single-molecule detection methods to study protein-nucleic acid and protein-protein complexes and the mechanical regulation of their functions.

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Section 29: Biophysics and Computational Biology

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Section 13: Physics