Our department encourages a broad view of the field of genetics and epigenetics.
Of our dozen research groups, some investigate how genes, chromosomes and entire genomes are passed on from one generation to the next. Other groups study how the genome is packaged in the nucleus, protected by telomeres and repaired upon damage. Additional groups focus on how the genome is expressed and regulated, how RNA is processed and regulated, and how this regulation gives rise to different cell types. Some of us work on mapping the genome and on identifying genes associated with traits and diseases, and some work on the genetics and epigenetics of recent human evolution.
Our research groups utilize a variety of model organisms from all three phyla – fungi, plants, and animals – at both the whole organism and cellular level, and we use a variety of cell types, including embryonic stem cells.
We achieved a remarkable balance between covering a wide spectrum of research interests, while maintaining a significant overlap between groups. This enables the fruitful exchange of ideas and formation of genuine collaborations, all creating a vibrant and active scientific community with a strong sense of identity.
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