Amanda Hargrove

Amanda Hargrove
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Amgen Faculty Mentor
Campus mail: 124 Science Drive, Box 90346, 3219 French Sci Center, Durham, NC 27708-0346
Phone: (919) 660-1522

The Hargrove lab harnesses the unique properties of small organic molecules to study the structure, function and therapeutic potential of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs). The discovery of these fascinating biomolecules has caused a paradigm shift in molecular biology and speculation as to their role as the master drivers of diseases such as cancer. At the same time very little is known about their structure and function, leading some to call the field a veritable “wild West.” Small molecules are the perfect tools for such exploration, and the Hargrove lab works at the interface of chemistry and biology, employing methods ranging from RNA-targeted small molecule synthesis and array-based pattern recognition to studies of the molecular and cellular biology of nucleic acids. Collaborations with the Department of Biology as well as colleagues in the School of Medicine ensure that these tools are applied to the most important unsolved problems in the fundamental biology and disease-related actions of long noncoding RNAs.

Education and Training

  • Trinity University, B.S. 2004
  • University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D. 2010
  • California Institute of Technology, NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Chemistry