Epigenetics, Chromatin Structure & Genome Function Faculty

Learn more about this group by contacting Dr. Mary Goll (Mary.Goll@uga.edu).

Chromatin is the substrate for virtually all DNA-dependent processes in the nucleus, including transcription, replication, and DNA repair. Faculty in this group seek to understand how epigenetic and chromatin-based mechanisms contribute to genome function in eukaryotes. We are interested in understanding how histones, non-histone DNA binding proteins, and chromatin modifications contribute to fundamental processes within the nucleus.

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Jeff Bennetzen
Professor Genetics

Plant genomics and genome evolution, transposable elements, and regulatory gene evolution.

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Haini N. Cai
Associate Professor Cellular Biology

Nuclear and genome organization; Chromatin structure and function; Gene regulation in Drosophila development.

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Houjian Cai
Assistant Professor Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences

Post-translational modification including protein acylation, fatty acid metabolism, prostate stem cell, Src family kinases, prostate cancer, small molecular inhibitor

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Justin Choi
Assistant Professor Bioinformatics

Genome and transcriptome assembly, computational genomics and epigenomics, computational cancer research

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Steve Dalton
Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Stem cell biology, development of cell therapies for type 1 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Pluripotent stem cells in early development and induced pluripotent stem cells- cell reprogramming.

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Kelly Dawe
Distinguished Research Professor Genetics; Plant Biology

Plant centromere and kinetochore structure and function.

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Mary Goll
Assistant Professor Genetics

Epigenetic regulation in the context of development and cancer. We focus on heterochromatin and primarily use zebrafish as a model system.

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Shelley Hooks
Associate Professor Neuroscience; Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences

G-protein coupled receptors, molecular pharmacology, signal transduction, ovarian cancer, neural stem cells.

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Brendan Hunt
Assistant Professor Entomology

Behavioral and evolutionary genetics and epigenetics of social insects.

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Takahiro Ito
Assistant Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Molecular and cellular biology of normal and malignant stem cells

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Zachary Lewis
Assistant Professor Microbiology

Chromatin structure and function; Epigenetics; Eukaryotic genome stability; Histone H1.

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Michael McEachern
Professor Genetics

Fungal telomere structure and function, and their cellular role(s).

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Richard (Rich) Meagher
Distinguished Research Professor Genetics

Cell-type and nuclear-type specific epigenetic control in brain, adipose tissue, placenta, and blood, cellular memory and molecular turnover

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Douglas Menke
Assistant Professor Genetics

Developmental Regulation of Gene Expression; Evolution of Vertebrate Morphology.

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Robert Sabatini
Associate Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Molecular and biochemical parasitology: DNA modification, homologous recombination and the regulation of antigenic variation in Trypanosoma brucei.

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Bob Schmitz
Associate Professor Genetics

Population epigenomics and mechanisms of epigenetic inheritance

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Hang Yin
Assistant professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Stem cell biology, brown fat development and induction, non-coding RNA, development of novel therapies for human obesity and type 2 diabetes

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Xiaoyu Zhang
Assistant Professor Plant Biology

Functional genomics; epigenetic control of plant gene expression.

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Shaying Zhao
Associate Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Bioinformatics

Cancer genomics; human junk DNA; genomic instability.

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Y. George Zheng
Associate Professor, Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences

Chemical biology, epigenetics and chromatin, medicinal chemistry, drug discovery, organic synthesis, bioorganic chemistry, posttranslational modification, molecular biology, biochemistry, enzymology, and bioinformatics.

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