- B.Sc., McMaster University
- Ph.D., M.I.T.
Peter Unrau’s education includes a B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics from McMaster University (1992) and a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from MIT (1996). Following his graduation from MIT, Peter became interested in the emerging field of RNA catalysis and decided to join David Bartel’s laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. His work there, which includes isolating the first RNA nucleotide synthase ribozyme, has been cited numerous times in the literature as a highly significant contribution to the RNA catalysis field.
In 2001, Peter joined the faculty at Simon Fraser University where, with the help of his bright and energetic lab members, he runs an active research program in the area of RNA catalysis. He is currently Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Simon Fraser University, a Michael Smith Foundation Senior Scholar, and a member of the Faculty of 1000.
- SSS Panchapakesan, SCY Jeng, PJ Unrau. RNA complex purification using high-affinity fluorescent RNA aptamer tags. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 2015.
- EV Dolgosheina, SCY Jeng, SSS Panchapakesan, R Cojocaru et al. RNA Mango Aptamer-Fluorophore: A Bright, High-Affinity Complex for RNA Labeling and Tracking. ACS chemical biology, 2014.
- SSS Panchapakesan, PJ Unrau. E. coli 6S RNA release from RNA polymerase requires s70 ejection by scrunching and is orchestrated by a conserved RNA hairpin. RNA, 2012.
- HSCI 490 D200 Research Proposal
- HSCI 492 D600 Honours Research Thesis
- HSCI 494 D200 Independent Laboratory Research
- MBB 429 D100 RNA-mediated Gene Regulation
- MBB 481 D006 Individual Study Semester - Honours Thesis
- MBB 482 D006 Individual Study Semester - Honours Research Performance
- MBB 483 D006 Individual Study Semester - Honours Thesis Defense
- MBB 729 G100 RNA-mediated Gene Regulation
Future courses may be subject to change.