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Amanda Hargrove

Professor of Chemistry
124 Science Drive, Box 90346, 3219 French Sci Center, Durham, NC 27708-0346
3219 French Science Center, Box 90346, Durham, NC 27708


The Hargrove lab harnesses the unique properties of small organic molecules to study the structure, function and therapeutic potential of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs). The discovery of these fascinating biomolecules has caused a paradigm shift in molecular biology and speculation as to their role as the master drivers of diseases such as cancer. At the same time very little is known about their structure and function, leading some to call the field a veritable “wild West.” Small molecules are the perfect tools for such exploration, and the Hargrove lab works at the interface of chemistry and biology, employing methods ranging from RNA-targeted small molecule synthesis and array-based pattern recognition to studies of the molecular and cellular biology of nucleic acids. Collaborations with the Department of Biology as well as colleagues in the School of Medicine ensure that these tools are applied to the most important unsolved problems in the fundamental biology and disease-related actions of long noncoding RNAs.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of Chemistry · 2023 - Present Chemistry, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Associate Professor of Biochemistry · 2020 - Present Biochemistry, Basic Science Departments
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute · 2013 - Present Duke Cancer Institute, Institutes and Centers

Education, Training & Certifications

University of Texas, Austin · 2010 Ph.D.
Trinity University · 2004 B.S.