Steven Blinka

Steven_BlinkaGraduate Student
Medical College of Wisconsin
Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226-3548

(414) 937-3878
(414) 955-6517 (fax)

BS, Molecular Biology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2010

Faculty Advisor: Sridhar Rao, MD, PhD

Research Area: Stem cell transcriptional regulation

My research focuses on understanding the mechanism by which distal cis-regulatory elements (enhancers) activate genes that are critical to cell identity. We use tools such as CRISPR/Cas9 and chromosome conformation capture to test the necessity of these elements in mouse embryonic and hematopoietic stem cells. Moreover, we are interested in how the epigenetic landscape is changed at enhancers following depletion or deletion of genes associated with activating or repressive epigenetic marks.