Alexei Korennykh named a 2016 Vallee Foundation Young Investigator
Associate Professor Alexei Korennykh is a recipient of the Bert L and N Kuggie Vallee Foundation 2016 Young Investigator Award. The Vallee Foundation seeks originality, innovation, and pioneering work by men and women who are dedicated to understanding fundamental biological processes. The award provides $250,000 in discretionary funds for basic biomedical research. Alexei is interested in innate immunity, a rapid protective response found in all mammalian cells. One of the key activities of the innate immune system is cleavage of intracellular RNAs. Korennykh aims to determine the precise role of this RNA cleavage in the innate immune system and will employ an interdisciplinary approach that combines cell biology, high-throughput RNA sequencing (RNAseq), X-ray crystallography, biochemistry and biophysics.