Dr. Hashim Al-Hashim’s Biography

Dr. Hashim M. Al-Hashimi is James B. Duke Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry at Duke University School of Medicine and is the Director of the Duke Center for RNA Biology. He received his doctorate in Biophysical Chemistry from Yale University in 2000 for research on the development of residual dipolar coupling NMR methods to study the structure and dynamics of proteins. Between 2000-2002, Dr. Al-Hashimi was a Research fellow, Research Associate, and Senior Research Scientist at the Memorial Sloane-Kettering Cancer Center in NYC, where he developed and applied NMR methodology to study the structure and dynamics of nucleic acids. A year after starting his postdoctoral studies, Prof Al-Hashimi accepted an offer to join the Department of Chemistry and Biophysics Research Division at the University of Michigan where he spent 11 years (2002-2013) as Assistant Professor (2002-2008), Associate Professor (2008), Robert L Kuczkowski Professor (2009-2012), and J Lawrence Oncley Collegiate Professor (2012-2013) of Chemistry and Biophysics. In January 2014, Prof. Al-Hashimi moved to the Department of Biochemistry at the Duke University School of Medicine where he also holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Chemistry. He is the recipient of several awards and honors, including the Founder’s Medal in NMR spectrscopy, the Vilcek Prize For Creative Promise in Biomedical Science, and the Agilent Thought Leader Award. Dr. Al-Hashimi’s work on molecular visualization and nucleic acid dynamics was also recognized by Popular Science Magazine, which listed him among the ‘Brilliant 10’ scientists and engineers in USA (2011). In 2009, he co-founded Nymiurm Inc, which is using the methods developed in the Al-Hashimi lab to increase the pace of RNA structure characterization and RNA-targeted drug discovery.