Transcription of DNA to RNA — carried out by RNA polymerase II — is an important and complex cellular process. An extremely large amount of processing takes place to only transcribe needed information from the large amount of DNA. For his thesis research, Corey Nemec of the Ansari Lab found 11 unexpected kinases that can phosphorylate this polymerase. His research showed that this phosphorylation is essential for properly terminating a specific class of RNA, as well as important for the cell’s response to environmental stress. Want to learn more? Attend his Thesis Review at 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5 in the Khorana Auditorium in HFD Biochemistry Laboratories.