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Gordon G. Carmichael, Ph.D.

Professor, Genetics and Genome Sciences
Academic Office Location:
Genetics and Genome Sciences
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-3301
Phone: 860-679-2259
Fax: 860-679-8345

Cell Biology Graduate Program

Genetics and Developmental Biology Graduate Program

Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Graduate Program

B.S.Duke UniversityPhysics
Ph.D.Harvard UniversityBiophysics

Post-Graduate Training
PostdoctoralSwiss Institute for Experimental Cancer ResearchPostdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Virology, Laboratory of Dr. Bernhard Hirt
FellowshipHarvard Medical SchoolResearch Fellow in Pathology
PostdoctoralEstablished Investigator of the American Heart AssociationPostdoctoral Fellow of The Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research

Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Faculty of 1000University of Connecticut Health Center
Osborn Biomedical Science Graduate Teaching Award Recipient Graduate Student Organization
Name & DescriptionCategoryRoleTypeScopeStart YearEnd Year
MGB Study SectionStudy SectionReviewerExternalNational20132013
WIRES RNA This is a scientific journalEditorial BoardAssociate EditorExternalInternational2010
Review Panel, NSFStudy SectionReviewerExternalNational20102013
RNA SocietyProfessional/Scientific OrganizationmemberExternalInternational
UCHC Medical Selectives committeeEducation CommitteememberUConn HealthUniversity

The primary interests of my group are the molecular signals which control the expression and function of mRNA molecules. We study RNA polymerase II promoters and the mechanisms of splicing, polyadenylation and RNA export from the nucleus to the cytoplasm. A recent area of interest has been the mechanism of action of naturally-occurring antisense RNA regulation in mammalian cells. Our preferred model system is the mouse polyoma virus, but we are also using other systems, including histone genes, the HIV-1 virus and yeast.

Accepting students for Lab Rotations: Fall '17

We study the consequences of double strand RNA in cells, especially with regard to what happens in the nucleus. Our work includes studies on RNA editing, the nucleocytoplasmic transport of RNA molecules, and mechanisms by which dsRNAs can lead to gene silencing. Rotation projects would most likely involve molecular studies on proteins we have identified that play important roles in dsRNA metabolism.

Journal Articles


  • Methods in Molecular Biology: RNA Silencing
    G.G. Carmichael Methods in Molecular Biology: RNA Silencing 2005 Jan;

Book Chapters

  • Nucleocytoplasmic mRNA transport
    Y. Huang and G.G. Carmichael Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation 2001 Jan;140-155

Book Sections

  • A role for RNA editing in gene silencing
    J. Zhou, L. Chen and G.G. Carmichael Frontiers of RNA and DNA editing 2008 Jan;190-202
  • Mechanism of action of antisense RNA in eukaryotic cells
    Z. Zhang and G.G. Carmichael Cancer Drug Discovery and development: Nucleic Acid Therapeutics in Cancer 2003 Jan;89-104
  • Polyoma virus hr-t gene products
    T.L. Benjamin, B.S. Schaffhausen and G.G. Carmichael Animal Virus Genetics, ICN-UCLA Symposium on Molecular and Cellular Biology, vol. XVIII 1980 Jan;295-308
  • Assay and partial purification of Epstein-Barr virus nuclear antigen
    D. Baron, W.C. Benz, G. Carmichael, R.R. Yocum and J.L. Strominger Epstein-Barr Virus, Production, Concentration, and Purification, IARC Internal Technical Report 1975 Jan;257-262



  • Bacterial RNA-binding proteins involved in Qβ RNA replication
    G.G. Carmichael Ph.D. Thesis, Harvard University 1975 Jan;


Short Surveys

Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
Recent RNA StoriesTalkHarvard University2013Boston, MA
Innate Immunity in Stem CellsTalkBedford Stem Cell Research Foundation2013Waltham, MA
Innate Immunity in Pluripotent CellsPosterCold Spring Harbor, Asia2013Suzhou, China
New Insights into Gene Expression from Deep SequencingTalkTufts University Medical School2012Tufts Medical School
New Insights into Gene Expression from Deep SequencingTalkAlbert Einstein College of Medicine2012Albert Einstein Medical School
New Insights into Gene Expression from Deep SequencingTalkOhio State University2012Ohio State University
A New Class of Intron-derived Long Noncoding RNAsTalkExperimental Biology Meeting2012San Diego
New Intron-derived Long Noncoding RNAsTalkGordon Research Conference2012GRC, Newport, RI
A New Class of Intron-derived Long Noncoding RNAsTalkRiboclub (Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada)2012Riboclub, Sherbrooke, Canada
Long Noncoding RNAs with snoRNA EndsTalkCold Spring Harbor, Asia2012Suzhou, China
New Insights into Gene Expression from Deep SequencingTalkMedical School, Xian, China2012Xian, China