Lab Members

Our Staff

Hye Kyung Lee
Associate Scientist

My main focus is on the genetic control of genes and programs in the mammary gland during pregnancy and lactation. I currently conduct research on a complex genetic locus composed of genes that are expressed in mammary tissue and genes expressed in salivary glands. Using genomic technologies, I have identified candidate enhancers and super-enhancers and I am using genome editing in mice to determine their exact biological roles within pregnancy and lactation. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Furthermore, under the pandemic I work on understanding the genetic programs of COVID-19 in mammary gland, lung and immune cells using computational approaches in combination with molecular works.

Our Fellows

Jakub Jankowski
PhD Student

My research investigates gene regulation in the kidney. After injury, kidney cells significantly alter activity of regulatory elements such as enhancers and promoters, which drives injury response. I focus on Klotho gene, a key factor in phosphate and calcium homeostasis and vitamin D production. Decrease in Klotho expression is associated with worsening renal function, and two neighboring enhancer elements were observed to lose activity after injury. Using CRISPR/Cas9, we generated several mouse strains lacking putative Klotho enhancer elements. I aim to characterize renal chromatin landscape, transcription factor binding and gene expression in those mice using ChIP-seq and RNA-seq, and to assess whether selected enhancer deletions can contribute to development of kidney disease.

Group Photo

Laboratory of Genetics and Physiology team photo.

Last Reviewed March 2024