Wenqian Hu (Graduate Student)


Tenure: 2005 - 2010

Current Position: Post-doctoral fellow at the Whitehead Institute at MIT

E email

P 216.368.0276

F 216.368.2010


College of Life Sciences, Wuhan University, China 2000-2004 (BS in Biological Sciences)

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 2005-present (Ph.D. in Biochemistry, 2010)

Professional Experience

Research Associate, June 2004-June 2005, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Research Assistant, Nov. 2002- June 2004, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences


Hu, W., Petzold, C., Coller, J., and Baker, K.E. (2010). Nonsense-mediated mRNA decapping occurs on polyribosomes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Nat. Struct. Mol. Biol., 17:244-247

Hu, W., Sweet, T., Chamnongpol, S., Baker, K.E., and Coller, J. (2009) Co-translational mRNA decay in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Nature, 461:225-229

Sweet, T.J., Boyer, B., Hu, W., Baker, K.E., and Coller, J. (2007) Microtubule disruption stimulates P-body formation. RNA 13:493-502

Hu, W., Bai, B., Hu, Z., Chen, Z., An, X., Tang, L., Yang, J., Wang, H., and Wang, H. (2005). Development and evaluation of a multitarget real-time Taqman reverse transcription-PCR assay for detection of the severe acute respiratory syndrome-associated coronavirus and surveillance for an apparently related coronavirus found in masked palm civets. J Clin Microbiol 43, 2041-2046.

Honors and Awards

Receipent of the 2009 Cleveland Clinic Award at the Biomedical Graduate Student Symposium

First Prize at the 2009 Case Research Showcase

Awarded "Best Oral Presentation" at the 10th annual RRM meeting

Recipient of the Marcus Singer Award, presented by Case Western Reserve University at the Biomedical Graduate Student Symposium, May 9th, 2008

American Heart Association Pre-doctoral Fellowship, 2007-2009

Excellent Student of Wuhan University, Wuhan University, 2000-2003.

People Scholarship, Wuhan University, 2000-2003.

Entrance Excellence Scholarship, Wuhan University, Sept. 2000.

First Prize of National Chemistry Olympic Competition, Chinese Society of Chemistry, Nov.1999.

Second Prize of National Chemistry Olympic Competition, Chinese Society of Chemistry, Nov.1998.


I graduated from Wuhan University, China in 2004 majored in biological science in the National Scientific Base for Talented Persons, and my undergraduate research mainly focused on the animal origin of SARS coronavirus. After I got my BS degree in 2004, I continued on my research project for a year as a research assistant in the State Key Laboratory of Virology, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. This experience made me realize that it is truly pleasant and enjoyable for me to explore unknown fields, develop innovative ideas, implement well-planned experiments, present my research projects and exchange academic opinions with others. In the Fall of 2005, I was enrolled into the graduate school of Case Western Reserve University, where I joined Dr. Jeff Coller's lab to do my graduate research on translational control. Currently my project focuses on elucidating the mechanisms and regulation of the RCK/p54 family DEAD-Box helicases in translation repression