Furqan M Fazal, PhD

Biophysicist and RNA Biologist

I am a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. I have been in Howard Chang’s lab since 2015, where I have been developing and using genomic tools to illuminate RNA biology. My research focuses on investigating the impact of RNA structure and RNA subcellular localization on gene regulation. My postdoctoral work is supported by an NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award, an Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship, and an NIH T32 Training Grant.

I got my PhD in Applied Physics from Stanford in the lab of Steven Block, where I applied single-molecule techniques to study eukaryotic and prokaryotic transcription. My graduate work was supported by an NSF graduate research fellowship.

I graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College, with majors in physics, chemistry, and biology. My undergraduate thesis was in organic synthesis.

I was born and raised in India. In my spare time I enjoy photography, and traveling with my wife and dog.


Selected Publications

Fazal FM*, Han S*, Parker KR, Kaewsapsak P, Xu J, Boettiger AN, Chang HY, Ting AY. Atlas of Subcellular RNA Localization Revealed by APEX-seq. Cell, 178, 473–490 (2019).

Sun L*, Fazal FM*, Li P*, Broughton JP, Lee B, Tang L, Huang W, Kool ET, Chang HY, Zhang QC. RNA structure maps across mammalian cellular compartments. Nature Structural and Molecular Biology (NSMB), 26, 322-330 (2019).

Fazal FM*, Meng CA*, Murakami K*, Kornberg RD, Block SM. Real-time observation of the initiation of RNA polymerase II transcription. Nature, 525(7568), 274-277 (2015).