Wenbo Li, Ph.D.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
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Recruitment of First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Members
University of California, San Diego
September 14, 2016
Genes are the blueprints for making human cells, but since every cell has the same blueprint, how do muscle cells end up looking and functioning differently from brain cells? Scientists have discovered regions of the genome called “enhancers” that often determine which genes are going to be expressed in each cell type.
Disruptions or mutations in these regulatory systems can lead to cancer. Now a molecular biologist at McGovern School of Medicine of the University of Texas at Houston hopes to better illuminate the role of these cellular remote-control switches, in order to figure out ways to control them when things go haywire.