U biochemist Jeff Morgan selected as 2019 STAT Wunderkind


Jeff Morgan Jeff Morgan, a postdoctoral fellow with Jared Rutter in the Department of Biochemistry at University of Utah Health, was selected as a 2019 STAT Wunderkind. The national competition celebrates the next generation of scientific superstars.

“Most discoveries start with something unexpected, and then somebody who is willing, maybe dumb enough, to work it out,” Morgan told STAT. In graduate school, Morgan showed that some stretches of DNA, previously thought insignificant, did play a role in growth. His work now is exploring how cells sense and respond to metabolic changes in the environment, during development and in disease.

The possible connections between RNA and metabolic products may matter in diseases, including cancer.

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