McKay, Daniel J.

Assistant Professor, Biology Department and Genetics Department

Affiliations: Department of Genetics

dmckay1@email.unc.edu
3358 Genome Sciences Building
(919) 843-2064 (office)

Lab Website

Research in the lab focuses on how a single genome gives rise to a variety of cell types and body parts during development. We use Drosophila as a model organism to investigate (1) how transcription factors access DNA to regulate complex patterns of gene expression, and (2) how post-translational modification of histones contributes to maintenance of gene expression programs over time. We combine genomic approaches (e.g. chromatin immunoprecipitation followed by high-throughput sequencing) with Drosophila genetics and transgenesis to address both of these questions. Defects in cell fate specification and maintenance of cell identity often occur in human diseases, including cancer. (website)

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