The development of an adult human being from a single fertilized egg is accompanied by the generation of ~200 functionally distinct cell types. Each of these cell types expresses only a subset of the 20.000 genes that the human genome encodes for. Cell-type specific gene expression patterns thus ensure the generation of hundreds of phenotypes based on a single genotype. Transcription factors play an important role in driving cell-type specific gene expression, but so-called epigenetic modifications of DNA and core histones also regulate changes in gene expression and phenotype during development and during adult life. Our lab is integrating state-of-the-art quantitative mass-spectrometry based (interaction) proteomics and next generation DNA sequencing technology to decipher (epi)genetic regulation of gene expression in (differentiated) stem cells. In my lecture I will provide an overview of some of our recent results related to these topics.
Michiel Vermeulen performed his doctoral work in the laboratory of Henk Stunnenberg at the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands. In 2005 he joined the lab of Matthias Mann in Munich, Germany as a post-doctoral fellow. In 2009 he was appointed as assistant professor and in 2013 as associate professor at the University Medical Center Utrecht in The Netherlands. In February 2014 he was appointed as full professor at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. He is the current research director of the RIMLS-Science institute at the Radboud University. He is also one of the founding members of the Oncode Institute. In 2022 he was elected as member of EMBO.
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