Dr. Ren is Director of the Center for Epigenomics and Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is also a Member of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research (LICR). Dr. Ren obtained his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Harvard University in 1998 and joined the faculty at LICR and UCSD in 2001, after completing postdoctoral training at the Whitehead Institute. Dr. Ren is studying how the non-coding sequences in the human genome direct spatiotemporal patterns of gene expression, how epigenetic mechanisms regulate their output during development, and how changes in these sequences contribute to human diseases. Specifically, he focuses on the identification and characterization of a class of transcriptional control elements known as enhancers. His lab has developed transformative tools for genome-wide analysis of enhancers and elucidated the chromatin features of these regulatory sequences. He is a recipient of the Chen Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in Human Genetic and Genomic Research, and an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.