Investigating the Repetitive Telomeric DNA Sequence: (TTAGGG)n
Tissue Culture Based Model System: Human Pluripotent Stem Cells
Mechanisms of Telomerase Regulation upon Differentiation and Tumor Formation
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Masters student, Alejandro Hernandez Sanchez, joins the lab!
UC Berkeley student in Molecular and Cell Biology, Kimberly, joins the lab!
Masters student, Brendan Finnerty, joins the lab!
Congratulations to Chiba and Manraj on the publication of "Endogenous TERT N-terminal tagging affects human telomerase function at telomeres in vivo" in Molecular and Cell Biology!
UC Berkeley junior in Molecular and Cell Biology, Apaarajita Balaji, joins the lab!
Korea University Ph.D. in Biotechnology, Won-Tae Kim, joins the lab!
UC Davis Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, Shirin Jenkins, joins the lab!
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Title: Endogenous TERT N-terminal tagging affects human telomerase function at telomeres in vivo.
Lab members involved: Kunitoshi Chiba, Manraj Gill
Title: Minimized human telomerase maintains telomeres and resolves endogenous roles of H/ACA proteins, TCAB1, and Cajal bodies.
Lab members involved: Samuel Regalado, Joshua Johnson
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Questions to address in regards to telomere maintenance and mechanisms governing telomerase regulation in human pluripotent stem cells:
1) What is the mechanism of telomerase regulation in human stem cells, upon their differentiation and during tumor formation?
2) What are the molecular mechanisms underlying the recruitment of telomerase to the telomere in human cells?
3) What are the consequences of telomere shortening in stem cells and how does this impact tumor formation?
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