Dr. Olivia S. Rissland has made groundbreaking discoveries in the field of RNA biology that illuminate how genetic regulatory information is interpreted by the cell. She has discovered several molecular pathways that cells use to turn genes off, which have profound implications on both development and diseases like cancer where these pathways are disregulated. Dr. Rissland is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She was awarded her D. Phil. from the University of Oxford, where her studies were funded by a Rhodes Scholarship, and she received postdoctoral training at the Whitehead Institute. She has been recognized with a prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation as well as being an NIH funded investigator.