Guillaume Chanfreau, UCLA professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has received the Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award, along with $1.97 million in funding, from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

The goal of the award is to provide investigators with greater stability and flexibility while conducting their research. Chanfreau and his colleagues will use the funding to understand how genes regulate after transcription. In particular, they will study how cells mediate RNA quality control and how the dysfunction of enzymes involved in RNA degradation can lead to human diseases.

Chanfreau specializes in aging and development, gene regulation, metabolism and proteomics and bioinformatics. He is the recipient of the 2017 American Cancer Society’s Determination Award and has taught at UCLA since 1999.