Department of Epigenetics

The Department of Epigenetics seeks to understand the plasticity of our genomes, and how our genetic output can be stably modified to protect us from or predispose us to complex disease such as cancer, infection, obesity and Parkinson’s. Faculty investigate the molecular processes that fine-tune how DNA is packaged, and how this packaging is stabilized to form disease programs. In this way, they will mine the origins of these complex diseases, mapping them to genetic and environmental inputs now, in our early lives, and even before birth.


Department Staff

Darrell Chandler, Ph.D.
Scientific Grant Writer

Recent Publications

Liao J, Zeng TB, Pierce N, Tran DA, Singh P, Mann JR, Szabó PE. 2021. Prenatal correction of IGF2 to rescue the growth phenotype in mouse models of Beckwith-Wiedemann and Silver-Russell syndromes. Cell Rep 34(6):108729.

Slaughter MJ, Shanle EK, Khan A, Chua KF, Hong T, Boxer LD, Allis CD, Josefowicz SZ, Garcia BA, Rothbart SB, Strahl BD, Davis IJ. 2021. HDAC inhibition results in widespread alteration of the histone acetylation landscape and BRD4 targeting to gene bodies. Cell Rep 34(3):108638.

Yu Y*, Tencer A*, Xuan H*, Kutateladze TG, Shi X. 2021. ZZEF1 is a histone reader and transcriptional coregulator of Krüppel-like factorsJ Mol Biol 433(2):166722.

Grit JL, Johnson BK, Dischinger PS, Essenburg CJ, Adams M, Campbell S, Pollard K, Pratilas CA, Triche TJ Jr., Graveel CR, Steensma MR. 2021. Distinctive epigenomic alterations in NF1-deficient cutaneous and plexiform neurofibromas drive differential MKK/p38 signaling. Epi Chromatin 14(7).

Fan H, Atiya HI, Wang Y, Pisanic TR, Wang TH, Shih IM, Foy KK, Frisbie L, Buckanovich RJ, Chomiak AA, Tiedemann RL, Rothbart SB, Chandler C, Shen H, Coffman LG. 2020. Epigenomic reprogramming toward mesenchymal-epithelial transition in ovarian-cancer-associated mesenchymal stem cells drives metastasis. Cell Rep 33(10):108473.

Dickson BM, Tiedemann RL, Chomiak AA, Cornett EM, Vaughan RM, Rothbart SB. 2020. A physical basis for quantitative ChIP-sequencing. J Biol Chem.
*Selected as an Editor’s Pick and featured on the cover

Zhou W, Liang G, Molloy PL, Jones PA. 2020. DNA methylation enables transposable element-driven genome expansion. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 117(32):19359–19366.