John-Stephen Taylor, PhD

John-Stephen Taylor, PhD

Primary Academic Title

Professor of Chemistry, Washington University School of Medicine

Research Interest

We are trying to unravel the molecular mechanisms by which sunlight causes the mutations that lead to skin cancer by a combined synthetic, physical and biological approach. In addition, we are studying the biological consequences of DNA strand breaks induced by ionization radiation. We are also developing a completely new approach to chemotherapy that makes use of a cancer-specific mRNA to trigger the release of a cytotoxic agent.


  • 1981: PhD, organic chemistry, Columbia University, New York


  • 1981 - 1983: Postdoctoral fellow, bio-organic chemistry, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena

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