Faithful duplication and segregation of DNA are essential for the continuity of life. Errors in chromosome replication and segregation can lead to aneuploidy, which can have serious consequences for human growth and development, and drive cancer in somatic cells. Telomeres, the ends of eukaryotic chromosomes, require special mechanisms for their protection, replication, and cohesion. We study human telomeres and the mechanisms that control their function in normal cells, stem cells, aging, and in cancer. Human telomere function is regulated by the dedicated six-subunit telomere-binding complex shelterin and by a number of other shelterin-binding factors, such as the poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase tankyrase 1, that associate transiently with telomeres. The focus of our research is to understand how shelterin and its accessory factors regulate telomere structure and function, control access to telomerase, and mediate sister chromatid cohesion. Our long-term goal is to understand the mechanisms that ensure genome integrity and cell survival.
Professor, Department of Pathology
PhD from State University of New York at Stony Brook
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