Cell-type specific gene regulation is under the purview of enhancers. Great strides have been made recently to characterize and identify enhancers both genetically and epigenetically for multiple cell types and species, but efforts have just begun to functionally characterize these long-range control elements. Mapping interactions between enhancers and promoters, and understanding how the 3D landscape of the genome constrains such interactions is fundamental to our understanding of enhancer function. Dr. Ren will present recent findings related to 3D genome organization in mammalian cells, with a particular focus on how chromatin organization contribute to enhancer-mediated transcriptional regulation. He will describe higher-order organizational features that are observed at the level of both the whole chromosome and individual loci. Dr. Ren will highlight changes in genome organization that occur during the course of differentiation, and discuss the functional relationship between chromatin architecture and gene regulation. Taken together, mounting evidence now shows that the genome organization plays an essential role in orchestrating the lineage-specific gene expression programs through modulating long-range interactions between enhancers and target genes.
Jin Billy Li, Assistant Professor of Genetics, Stanford University
Pre-Seminar October 20th, 2014 at 12:15 PM in Clark S361