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2016 - Epigenetic Mechanisms of Animal Behavior

The Genetics Graduate Program

at Michigan State University


Presents a Mini-Symposium On

Epigenetic Mechanisms
of Animal Behavior


Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Molecular Plant Sciences, Room 1200
1066 Bogue Street
Michigan State University

  Click here for a list of Poster Presenters       

2016 Speakers:

Tracy L. Bale

Tracy L. Bale, Ph.D.
Professor of Neuroscience
Department of Psychiatry
University of Pennsylvania

Title: “Parental Stress Experience: Epigenetic Contributions to Offspring Neurodevelopment”

Our research focuses on developing mouse models of stress sensitivity related to neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disease. We utilize genetic and prenatal manipulations to elucidate mechanisms contributing to disease predisposition. We have focused on utilizing approaches that range from fetal antecedents in programming of long-term disease risk to genetic targeting of cell type specific knockout mice.

Eric Greer

Eric Greer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in Pediatrics
Department of Medicine Research
Harvard Medical School

Title: "Towards a Mechanism of Transgenerational Inheritance of Longevity"

I have identified chromatin-modifying enzymes that regulate complex transgenerational phenotypes in C. elegans¬, including longevity and fertility. Mutation of a histone H3 lysine 4 (H3K4) trimethylation complex regulates worm lifespan in both the generation in which the mutation occurs and in subsequent generations lacking the mutation.

Maria E. Figueroa

Maria E. Figueroa, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Computational Medicine & Bioinformatics
University of Michigan

Title: “Epigenetic Deregulation in Hematological Malignancies”

The Figueroa lab studies the role of epigenetic modifications in transcriptional regulation during normal and malignant hemopoiesis. Our focus is mainly on how changes in normal DNA methylation and hydroxymethylation patterns occur during malignant transformation and how these changes may contribute to the leukemogenic process.

David Sweatt

David Sweatt, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of Neurobiology
Department of Neurobiology, UAB School of Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Title: “Epigenetic Mechanisms in Memory Formation”

The Sweatt Lab has made many seminal advances delineating the molecular mechanisms of learning. His talk will focus on conservation of epigenetic mechanisms for information storage that may underlie cellular memory at levels from behavioral memory to development to cellular differentiation.

Paula Gajewski

Paula Gajewski
Genetics PhD Candidate
Michigan State University

Title: “Epigenetic Regulation of the FosB Gene in Hippocampal-dependent Behaviors”

Mohita Tagore

Mohita Tagore
Genetics PhD Candidate
Michigan State University

Title: “Role of Lineage-determining Transcription Factors in Cell-type Specific Gene Expression”