James Patton, Ph.D.

James Patton, Ph.D., completed his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of St. Thomas and then became the first Ph.D. graduate from Mayo Clinic in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 1988.

Working with Eric D. Wieben, Ph.D., Dr. Patton completed a thesis on U1 snRNA, which led to a career-long interest in the regulation of gene expression at the RNA level.

After a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School studying alternative pre-mRNA splicing, Dr. Patton accepted a position in the Department of Molecular Biology at Vanderbilt University. He is the Stevenson Professor of Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt.

Dr. Patton's research focuses on the role of microRNAs during early development and retina regeneration, as well as photoreceptor specification and differentiation using zebrafish as a model organism. He also is part of a novel National Institutes of Health-supported consortium seeking to determine whether extracellular RNA functions in cell-cell signaling and colorectal cancer.

Jan. 09, 2015