Labs


Our research concerns the mechanism of Ty1 element retrotransposition and copy number control in the budding yeast Saccharomyces. Ty elements comprise five related families of long terminal repeat (LTR) retrotransposons that transpose through an RNA intermediate. The Ty life cycle resembles that…
My laboratory is interested in the molecular and biochemical basis of parasitic diseases.  We are currently studying African trypanosomes which are important protozoan parasites causing human African sleeping sickness and Nagana in cattle.  We have made important contributions to the understanding…
The work in my laboratory deals with the biosynthesis of heme and it regulation. Heme is an essential cofactor for almost all living organisms and participates in a variety of reactions including the regulation central metabolic processes, oxygen binding and transport and reduction/oxidation…
Antigenic variation in African trypanosomes
Among the parasites we currently study in the laboratory are African trypanosomes, unicellular eukaryotic protozoa that infect the bloodstream of mammals to cause sleeping sickness in equatorial Africa. Trypanosomiasis continues to be a daily threat to…
The Scott group conducts research in the general areas of biophysical chemistry. Major current research projects include the use of X-ray absorption spectroscopy to study the structure of metals in biological systems, including metal binding sites in metallosensors and metalloregulators, as well as…
We study CRISPR-Cas immune systems that protect prokaryotes from viruses and provide research tools for important biotechnology and biomedical applications
CRISPR-Cas systems are recently discovered RNA-based adaptive immune systems that control invasions of viruses and other mobile genetic…
Our research focuses on protein structure and function and protein-protein interactions. We employ an approach combining modern analytical, biophysical and molecular biology techniques, with an emphasis on biomolecular NMR spectroscopy. Our core projects include the study of gene regulation and…
Functional diversity increases as you go from DNA to RNA to Proteins. The concept of one gene encodes one gene product is no longer valid. One of the principle ways that diversity is increased is through post-translational modifications of proteins.
Using a combination of methodologies, including…
My lab is using experimental and computational approaches to study genomic and epigenomic changes occurring during cancer initiation and progression, as well as during normal biological processes such as mammalian genome evolution and cell differentiation. The goal is to understand the roles of…