2014 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Computer Science
Supported by: anonymous donor
Mentor: Lars Steinmetz, Genetics

Christine Tataru is employing bioinformatic analysis to characterize the transcripts in the thymus that are used to train T cells against auto-immunity. Her work will focus on comparing these transcripts to those that are produced in the regular tissues, with hopes of improving knowledge on the development of auto-immune disease and furthering understanding of gene regulation.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 27, 2014:

Transcription Start Site Variation in Medullary Thymus Epithelial Cells

Christine Tataru1, Phillip Brennecke1, Aino Jarvelin2, Wu Wei1, Lars Steinmetz1
[Department of Genetics1, Stanford University; Genome Biology2, European Molecular Biology Laboratory]