My lab has been involved in many aspects of epigenetics (cell-inherited changes in DNA methylation and chromatin) to elucidate human development and disease. Our previous research on epigenetics included the following:
Currently, we are continuing our research on the epigenetics of genes that are specifically upregulated or downregulated in skeletal muscle and skeletal muscle progenitor cells (myoblasts) as well as associations with abnormal methylation of some of these genes in cancer. We are also studying links between epigenetics and cardiovascular disease and have begun two large multi-investigator studies of epigenetics and osteoporosis in collaboration with Drs. Hong-Wen Deng and Hui Shen.
Epigenetics Society: free membership for faculty, postdocs, & students:
Melanie Ehrlich, President