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My lab focuses on human genetics and gene regulation. We study individual variation in gene expression, and use this variation to understand gene regulation. In this talk, I will discuss two projects. In the first part, I will describe the regulation of a histone demethylase, KDM4C, and show how individual differences in KDM4C expression affect its enzymatic activity and impact normal and cancer cell growth. In the second part, I will describe the discovery of RNA sequences that differ from their corresponding DNA sequences in human cells. These include known RNA editing sites and unknown events such as purine to pyrimidine transversions. I will describe the role of ADAR proteins in mediating some of these events, and our findings of when during transcription these RNA-DNA differences are formed. Overall, I will discuss the lessons we learned from studying natural variation in human gene expression, and the significance of our findings on basic understanding of gene regulation and disease manifestations.

Starts Mon, Jun 10, 2013 12:00 pm
Ends Mon, Jun 10, 2013 1:00 pm
Location Life Sciences Building Auditorium

The causes of preimplantation embryo failure and early miscarriage in women who have undergone assisted reproductive technologies (ART) are poorly understood. Research in the Knott laboratory is focused on understanding the fundamental transcriptional and epigenetic mechanisms that support blastocyst development.

Starts Mon, May 20, 2013 12:00 pm
Ends Mon, May 20, 2013 1:00 pm
Location Life Sciences Building Auditorium

We are developing new genetic approaches to identify the causes and consequences of interpersonal variation in human gut microbial communities.

Starts Mon, May 06, 2013 12:00 pm
Ends Mon, May 06, 2013 1:00 pm
Location Life Sciences Building Auditorium