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2021 40 Under Forty: Albert Cheng

As an Assistant Professor and Principal Investigator at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, Albert Cheng, Ph.D. leads his own team, the Cheng laboratory, to develop technologies that are distributed around the world to improve precise genome editing and accelerate genomic discovery.

Four reasons why you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty:

Is the youngest person to ever hold a faculty position at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine.

Has invented two very important technologies for the research community that make entire areas of research feasible that were previously impossible.

Has issued patents for his Casilio technology in Australia, Japan and South Korea.

Was awarded a five-year $3.2 million grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute for epigenetic studies to advance precision medicine.

What’s been your biggest professional/work accomplishment so far in your career?

One of my most notable accomplishments has been the development of Casilio. This technology expands the capabilities of the well-known gene editing platform, CRISPR-Cas9. It’s enhanced functionality greatly expands a researcher’s ability to study gene function and chromosome structure. I have received patents from countries around the world.

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