Frontiers of Science: Prof. Ellen Rothenberg

When

May 2, 2024    
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Frontiers of Science: Prof. Ellen Rothenberg

May 2nd at 12:00
On-site event
Presidentti auditorium, BioCity
Spring 2024 program

Prof. Ellen Rothenberg, California Institute of Technology, USA
Epigenomic and gene regulatory network mechanisms controlling the dynamics of early T cell lineage commitment
Host: Riitta Lahesmaa (rilahes@utu.fi)

Coffee and sandwich at 11:45, first come first served!

 

Six PhD researchers and early-career postdocs are welcome to have a lunch in restaurant Mauno and discuss with Prof. Rothenberg after the seminar. This is a great possibility to learn hosting skills in friendly environment and create connections for future. Everyone is welcome to join, BioCity Turku will offer the lunch.

If you got interested, please send an email to biocityturku@bioscience.fi

 

The Rothenberg group studies the molecular mechanisms that are responsible for developmental lineage choice as hematopoietic stem cells differentiate into T lymphocytes. This is a complex process in which stem-cell multipotentiality is lost in steps that actually overlap with the initiation of T-cell specific differentiation events. Thus, it offers unique insights into the nature of “stem-ness” and the distinction between activation of a development program and irreversible commitment to that program. The approaches used in the lab are a combination of in vitro developmental biology, high-resolution characterization of individual cell developmental states, and molecular genetics of gene regulation. The Rothenberg group focuses on identifying the transcription factors and signaling events that induce T-lineage gene expression in an uncommitted precursor and determine also how they work to force the cell to relinquish other developmental options. Kinetic dissection of this complex process using in vitro differentiation systems and retroviral perturbation make it possible to solve the roles of individual regulatory molecules in successive, highly-defined developmental contexts.

 

Selected publications

Shin B, Zhou W, Wang J, Gao F, Rothenberg EV. 2023. Runx factors launch T cell and innate lymphoid programs via direct and gene network-based mechanisms. Nat Immunol. 2023 Sep;24(9):1458-1472. doi: 10.1038/s41590-023-01585-z

Rothenberg EV. 2023. The β-selection step shapes T-cell identity. Nature. 2023 Jan;613(7944):440-442. doi: 10.1038/d41586-023-00025-0

Shin B, Hosokawa H, Romero-Wolf M, Zhou W, Masuhara K, Tobin VR, Levanon D, Groner Y, Rothenberg EV. 2021. Runx1 and Runx3 drive progenitor to T-lineage transcriptome conversion in mouse T cell commitment via dynamic genomic site switching. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2021 Jan 26;118(4):e2019655118. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2019655118

 

General information

  • You can download and save all the spring 2024 FoS-seminars to your calendar from here: https://seafile.utu.fi/d/44a70f80ac1e46a9ad0a/
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  • Please note that any audio or video recording of the seminars is strictly forbidden.
  • Spring 2024 FoS image credits to Jenny Pessa: Transformed human breast epithelial HS578T cells (flattened), labelled with commercial fluorescent antibodies. Image acquired on 3i CSU-W1 Spinning disk with 40x objective.