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Kevin V. Morris, PhD

Kevin V. Morris, PhD
The City of Hope
*Professor and Associate Director*

What is your current professional status?

Professor and Associate Director, Center for Gene Therapy at the City of Hope

What is your work setting (i.e. academic institution, government organization (i.e. FDA, NIH, etc.), bio-industry/pharmaceutical company, etc.)

Academic Institution

What is your scientific area of research?

Non-coding RNA biology and therapeutics.

Why do you want to be a mentor?

I was invited to serve as a mentor and I also have funding to support new students and post-docs and this may be a good forum to meet prospective folks to work with.

As a mentor, what are you hoping to gain from this experience?

This forum may serve as a conduit to recruiting young motivated students and/or post-docs to my lab at the City of Hope. It may also lead to future collaborations.         

How important are the following in the selection of a mentee: (1 – 5 scale, 1 = most important, 5 = least important)

            a. Compatibility of Scientific Specialties - 3
            b. Geographic Location - 3
            c. Professional Status / Success - 3 
            d. Compatibility of Career Path - 3
            e. Communication Style - 4

Summarized in a brief paragraph (150 words or less), please provide a biography that describes who you are and what you do in the field of gene and/or cell therapy.

Kevin V. Morris is an American born scientist and a graduate of Humboldt State University (B.S. 1996) and the University of California Davis (Ph.D., 2001). He was also a post-doctoral fellow at University of California San Diego and the Beckman Research Institute at the City of Hope before starting his laboratory in 2005 at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA. He expanded his science in 2012 to the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. The Morris lab has spent several years uncovering the role of RNA in controlling transcriptional and epigenetic states of gene expression in human cells. His research at UNSW focuses primarily on understanding basic non-coding RNA biology in the human cell while his work carried out at Scripps is focused on developing genetic based therapeutic approaches to controlling HIV and other viruses.

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