The development of complex organisms critically depends upon regulation of gene activity across dozens, hundreds or millions of cells in time and space. This regulation ensures the fidelity of development of complex structures and the overall function of the organism. Its disruption therefore often leads to disease.
We study gene regulation at the genomewide level using computational genomics and epigenomics. Our major research interests focus on:
- Structure and function of gene promoters
- Function and genomic distribution of gene regulatory elements
- Function of transcription factors
- Regulation of the production of transcription factors i.e. transcriptional regulatory networks (TRNs)
- Association of different modes of regulation with epigenetic marks and their inheritance
Our recent work centres on the functional classification of core promoters, the development of methods to correctly assign regulatory elements to the genes they regulate, and the role of the epigenome in guiding development.
et al., 2021, Germ cell differentiation requires Tdrd7-dependent chromatin and transcriptome reprogramming marked by germ plasm relocalization, Developmental Cell, Vol:56, ISSN:1534-5807, Pages:641-+
et al., 2021, Integrator is recruited to promoter-proximally paused RNA Pol II to generate Caenorhabditis elegans piRNA precursors, The Embo Journal, Vol:40, ISSN:0261-4189, Pages:1-17
et al., 2021, Functional reconstruction of human AML reveals stem cell origin and vulnerability of treatment-resistant MLL-rearranged leukemia, Science Translational Medicine, Vol:13, ISSN:1946-6234
et al., 2021, The order and logic of CD4 CD8 lineage choice and differentiation in mouse thymus, Nature Communications, Vol:12, ISSN:2041-1723
et al., 2020, TBPL2/TFIIA complex establishes the maternal transcriptome through oocyte-specific promoter usage, Nature Communications, Vol:11, ISSN:2041-1723