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Ashby Morrison - Associate Professor of Biology

Bio-X Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Morrison's group's research interests are to determine the contribution of chromatin to mechanisms that maintain genomic integrity and metabolic homeostasis in the context of disease and development. The regulation of chromatin structure is essential for all eukaryotic organisms. Specifically, manipulation of the chromatin environment is required to facilitate DNA-templated processes, such as transcription, DNA repair, replication, and chromosome segregation. They utilize a varied experimental approach that includes computational, biochemical, molecular and cellular assays in both yeast and mammalian systems to ascertain the contribution of chromatin remodelers and histone modifiers to carcinogen susceptibility and metabolic gene expression. They hope to contribute to the formulation of epigenetic therapies that treat genomic and metabolic dysfunction, such as those that contribute to cancer, heart disease, and diabetes to name a few.