Joan A Steitz PhD

Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Departments & Organizations

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology

Office of Student ResearchStem Cell Center, Yale: Transcriptional Regulation of Stem and Progenitor CellsMolecular VirologyCenter for RNA Science and Medicine, YaleMolecular Biophysics and Biochemistry: RNA Biology; Steitz LabMolecular Virology

Research Interests

Autoantibodies; Gene Expression; RNA; RNA Processing; SnRNPs; Viral Transformation more...


  • B.S., Antioch College, 1963
  • Ph.D., Harvard University, 1967

Selected Publications

  • Guo, Y.E., and Steitz, J.A. (2014). Virus meets host microRNA: the destroyer, the booster, the hijacker. Molec. Cell Biol. 34, 3780-3787.
  • Brown, J.A., Bulkley, D., Wang, J., Valenstein, M.L., Yario, T.A., Steitz, T.A., and Steitz, J.A. (2014). Structural insights into the stabilization of MALAT1 noncoding RNA by formation of a bipartite triple helix. Nat. Struct. Mol. Biol 21, 633-640. PMCID: PMC4096706
  • Guo, Y.E., Riley, K.J., Iwasaki, A., Steitz, J.A. (2014) Alternative capture of noncoding RNAs or protein-coding genes by Herpesviruses to alter host T-cell function. Molec. Cell 54, 67-79. PMCID: PMC4039351



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