Webinar by Stirling Churchman
Choreography of gene expression, from the nucleus to mitochondria
Dept. of Genetics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
Stirling Churchman, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Churchman is particularly interested in how gene regulation is coordinated across the cell, from the nucleus to the mitochondria. Her lab developed native elongation transcript sequencing, NET-seq, that directly visualizes global transcriptional activity through mapping RNA polymerase density genome-wide with single-nucleotide resolution. Her group also discovered that cytosolic and mitochondrial translation programs are synchronized during mitochondrial biogenesis. A goal of the Churchman lab is to determine whether other layers of regulation are coordinated and the molecular mechanisms behind them. Dr. Churchman majored in physics at Cornell University and obtained her doctorate in physics from Stanford University in 2008. She did her postdoctoral training with Jonathan Weissman at University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Churchman joined the Genetics Department at Harvard Medical School as an Assistant Professor in 2011. She is also an Associate Member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. Dr. Churchman has received a number of awards, including the Dale F. Frey Award for Breakthrough Scientists by the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface and the Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging.