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Catherine Brisette
Associate Professor
Office Phone: 701.777.6412

My laboratory is interested in how the Lyme disease spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi, modulates its own epigenome and that of its host, and how those changes contribute to bacterial survival and human disease. 


Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor
Office Phone: 701.777.3949

My lab is interested in understanding the pathways and mechanisms utilized by hormones that lead to delayed aging and less age-related disease. Reduced signaling of the somatotropic axis results in increased cellular stress resistance, maintenance of a young DNA methylation profile, increased health span and extended life span in mice.

Kate Claycombe-Larson
Acting Research Leader
Office Phone:701.795.8298

My lab's research interests focus on the impact of maternal and paternal obesity, diet, and exercise on offspring obesity, adipose tissue epigenetic regulation and metabolic function.

Diane Darland
Diane Darland, PhD
Associate Professor
Office Phone:701.777.4597

My lab investigates the neural-vascular interactions in early cortical development, focusing on the epigenetic mechanisms that regulate (1) intrinsic cell fate decisions and (2) microenvironmental influences on cell fate determination.

Tristan Darland, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biology
Office Phone:701.777.3375


Assistant Professor
Office Phone:701.777.4285

The overall goal of our research is to investigate epigenetic mechanisms underlying disease states. The basic questions that interest us are (a) how do epigenetic mechanisms regulate gene expression (b) what is the order of these changes, and (c) can we reverse these processes to better manage disease?

Associate Professor
Office Phone:701.777.2295

My lab investigates the epigenetic effects of early exposure to selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors as a possible mechanism to persistent behavioral changes in adult mice.

 Manu Manu, PhD                        Assistant Professor
 Office Phone:701.777.4671

My lab researches gene regulatory networks and gene regulation during hematopoietic cell-fate specification.

Barry Milavetz
Office Phone: 701.777.4708

We are using Simian Virus 40 to address fundamental aspects of epigenetic regulation including the organization of nucleosomes on a genome and the role of histone modifications and variants during the initiation and repression of gene expression.  

Kumi Combs Kumi Nagamoto-Combs , PhD
Assistant Professor, Neuroscience Outreach Director                         Behavioral Research Core Facility
Office Phone:701.777.2259

Our research focuses on elucidating mechanisms of behavioral disorders triggered by inflammatory gut-brain communication. Using a mouse model of milk allergy, we investigate molecular events, including transcriptomic and epigenetic changes, that may lead to brain dysfunction.

Sergei Nechaev Sergei Nechaev, PhD
Assistant Professor
Office Phone:701.777.2566

The lab seeks to understand the mechanisms of transcription-induced epigenetic reprogramming. Using various in vitro cell culture models, we are developing new concepts and technologies to determine how environmental influences and chemotherapy drugs affect normal cell differentiation and influence progression of cancer. 


Adam Scheidegger, BS
Epigenetics Core Manager
Office Phone:701.777.2250

Established in 2013, the Epigenetics Bioinformatics Core facility provides genomics support to researchers throughout UND.  We provide bench sequencing support, sequencing bioinformatics analysis, and education to UND and the broader research community. 

Bioinformatics Core Page

Professor and Program Leader
Office Phone: 701.777.9422

Epigenetics in normal development and pathogenesis, chromatin regulation, role of poly(ADP-ribose) metabolism in transcription regulation and oncogenesis, PARP-1 inhibitors in oncology,  Drosophila  and mammalian model organisms.

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Roxanne Roxanne Vaughan, PhD
Office Phone:701.777.3419

Structure-function properties of the dopamine transporter—a regulator of dopaminergic neurotransmission and site of action of cocaine and amphetamines.

John watt John Watt, PhD
Associate Professor
Office Phone:701.777.6225

The long term goal of the my laboratory is to utilize potentially novel epigenetic mechanisms to promote post-injury neuronal survival and regenerative process outgrowth in vivoand utilize this knowledge to reverse age-induced alterations in the epigenetic landscape to promote neuronal survival and process outgrowth in the mature mammalian CNS.