Jernej Ule graduated from the University of Ljubljana in 1999. He obtained his PhD from Rockefeller University in 2004 with Robert B. Darnell, where he remained as a postdoctoral fellow until June 2006. He then started his own research group at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK, where he stayed until 2013. In April 2013, he moved to University College London where he serves as a professor at the Department of Molecular Neuroscience. His research group is based at the The Francis Crick Institute and the UCL Institute of Neurology. His research is funded by a European Research Council consolidator grant and a joint Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator grant, which is shared with his colleague Nicholas Luscombe.

Jernej’s research group has been developing new techniques to study interactions between proteins and RNAs in a transcriptome-wide manner. This revealed that RNA-binding proteins follow position-dependent regulatory principles, which can be used to predict gene regulation. It also uncovered previously unknown roles of transposable elements, which constitute over half of the human genome. These elements become recruit specific proteins to regulate gene expression. In 2015, the group reported the role of recursive splicing in regulating the expression of long genes in the brain, and uncovered the importance of long-range RNA duplexes within 3’ UTRs in the regulation of mRNA stability. Currently, the group also studies the function of RNA-binding proteins that are implicated in neurologic diseases. Further description of his current research programme can be found at http://ulelab.info.

Jernej started collaborating with researchers at the University of Ljubljana (UL) in 2005. He has co-mentored two PhD students from UL, and 6 other members of UL have done part of their MSc, PhD or postdoctoral work in his laboratory. In 2007, he began a close collaboration with Tomaž Curk (Faculty of Computer and Information Science at UL) and Boris Rogelj (Institut "Jožef Stefan" in Ljubljana), which led to several joint publications. The Slovenian Research Agency also funds this collaboration (J7-5460). In June 2015, Jernej was elected to the board of the University of Ljubljana Global Alumni and Associates Network (SMUL). The key motivation behind his involvement in SMUL is to further support international collaboration and the mobility of researchers.