Germline developmental epigenetics & intragenomic conflict

Transposable elements, or transposons, are abundant genomic repeats that can move from one location in the genome to another. This can cause genome instability and disrupt genes. My lab studies how transposon biology impacts our genomes – in particular, the genome of germ cells and pluripotent stem cells. We are interested in uncovering new mechanisms by which genomes attempt to control transposons and how transposons escape them. We are also interested in dissecting how transposons themselves and the mechanisms originally involved in their regulation can play important roles in development and disease.

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Positions held

Since 2019: Group Leader, Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB), Mainz
2013 - 2019: Postdoctoral Researcher, Institut Curie, Paris


2006 – 2012: PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology, University of Campinas
2001 – 2005: BS in Biology, University of Campinas