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The people behind the papers – Anjali Rao & Carole LaBonne

Posted by on August 9th, 2018

The neural crest is a progenitor population with the capacity to contribute to all vertebrate germ layers. The transcription factor and signalling pathway activity underlying this remarkable pluripotency have been well studied, but the role of the epigenetic state is less well understood. A new paper in Development examines the role of histone acetylation in regulating[…]

Evo-chromo: towards an integrative approach of chromatin dynamics across eukaryotes

Posted by on July 18th, 2018

***Deadline to apply for funded ECR places is July 20!***   In November, the Company of Biologists is hosting the latest in its series of Workshops. ‘Evo-chromo’ aims to integrate skills and interests of the fields of chromatin biology and evolutionary biology – if you are an early career researcher and this all sounds appealing[…]

Postdoctoral Position in Pluripotency, Signaling and Epigenetics, Washington University School of Medicine

Posted by on July 13th, 2018

A postdoctoral position is available in the lab of Thorold Theunissen at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, USA (theunissenlab.wustl.edu). Our research program is dedicated to exploring the molecular regulation of pluripotent stem cells and their applications in regenerative medicine. We have developed methods for inducing and maintaining human embryonic stem cells[…]

In vivo profiling of chromatin accessibility with CATaDa

Posted by on March 13th, 2018

The following post is an introduction into the technnique described in our recent paper: Aughey, G.N., et al., CATaDa reveals global remodelling of chromatin accessibility during stem cell differentiation in vivo. Elife, 2018. 7.   Attempting to understand the biology of a complex organ, like the brain, comes with an array of technical challenges. Those[…]

Two birds with one stone: CTCF control of dynamic gene expression during heart development.

Posted by on October 9th, 2017

CTCF binds to chromatin and is thought of as an architectural protein in the genome. If the genome were a text, CTCF would act like the punctuation marks, so that words are grouped together becoming meaningful sentences. When I started my PhD, the Manzanares lab had been fruitfully collaborating with that of Jose Luis Gómez-Skarmeta at[…]

The dynamics of chromatin when life begins

Posted by on July 20th, 2016

Fertilization marks the start of life. This is followed by highly coordinated epigenetic reprogramming that allows protamine-histone exchange, zygotic genome activation, and the generation of a totipotent embryo. However, the true state of chromatin at the level of DNA during this crucial period is a long-standing mystery.   Our lab is dedicated to understanding epigenetic reprogramming[…]

Postdoctoral position in chromatin and epigenetic control of Drosophila development

Posted by on June 30th, 2016

Stockholm University, Sweden, invites applications for one postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Professor Mattias Mannervik at the Department of Molecular Biosciences, The Wenner-Gren Institute (http://www.su.se/mbw). The position is scheduled to start as soon as possible.   Transcriptional coregulators are proteins that facilitate communication between transcription factors and the basal transcription apparatus, in part by[…]

Of mice and men: exploring Mouse ENCODE

Posted by on December 17th, 2014

The Mouse ENCODE Project released a slew of papers late last month reporting findings from a three-year effort to comprehensively map functional elements in the mouse genome. Their major findings are summarized in an integrative paper in Nature (Yue, F. et. al., 2014). Similar to the goals of the human ENCODE project (The ENCODE Project Consortium,[…]

What do sperm have to do with brain tumors?

Posted by on October 2nd, 2014

  This post was originally published in the Knoepfler Lab Stem Cell Blog.      Sometimes in science there are unexpected threads tying seemingly very different things together. Unraveling the knots in these threads can lead to new insights into important developmental processes and mechanisms of disease. My lab studies epigenomic and transcription factors including[…]