IMSR Seminar Series:'Human pancreatic β cell lncRNAs control cell-specific regulatory networks'

Level 2 IBR Seminar Room
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Medical and Dental Sciences
Tuesday 21st March 2017 (14:00-15:00)
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IMSR Seminar Series – Research Seminar 

"Human pancreatic β cell lncRNAs control cell-specific regulatory networks"


 Dr Ildem Akerman

INSTITUT de GENETIQUE HUMAIN,   Montpellier, France

 Dr. Ildem Akerman received her PhD in Molecular Genetics from the University of Oxford. She later joined the team of Dr. Jorge Ferrer as a postdoctoral researcher at IDIBAPS, Spain/Imperial College, London. Dr. Akerman studies the developmental, genetic and epigenetic regulation in pancreatic beta cells, the “insulin factories” of the body. Her earlier work characterized coding mutations that cause human pancreatic agenesis as well as cis-regulatory noncoding mutations that underlie neonatal diabetes. Her later research identified hundreds of long noncoding RNA genes transcribed in the beta cell, some of which play key roles in the beta cell specific transcriptional networks, hence revealing a new class of genes that may underlie human diabetes. Dr. Akerman is interested in answering fundamental questions about gene regulation in diseased and healthy beta cells through integrated use of molecular, genomic, computational and systems biology.