The major goal of my research is to understand one of the most fundamental problems in molecular biology today: how do organisms regulate the expression of their genetic material or how are genes turned on and off? Whereas many mechanisms of transcriptional control are well characterized, we are focusing on the role of pre-mRNA splicing in regulating this process. Since most eukaryotic genes are interrupted by noncoding sequences called introns, proper gene expression requires the removal of these introns in a process called pre-mRNA splicing. More recently, pre-mRNA splicing has been suggested to play a role in regulation of the gene expression pathway. By changing the order in which the coding regions of genes are spliced together, a process termed alternative splicing, a significant amount of genomic and therefore proteomic diversity can be generated.
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- I like to play underwater hockey.
- The following article is about me in Fitness July/August 2010:
"The Power of Fitness: Real Women Share Their Stories."