Kathrin Plath, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Kathrin Plath earned her doctorate degree in cell biology from Humboldt University (Berlin, Germany), and performed her postdoctoral studies at UCSF and the Whitehead Institute at MIT. Her postdoctoral research uncovered that Polycomb proteins can be recruited to their site of action by long non-coding RNAs and that this group of transcriptional repressors is important for the maintenance of pluripotency and developmental plasticity through the repression of developmental pathways. She joined the faculty at the University of California Los Angeles in 2006, where she studies mechanisms underlying pluripotency, differentiation, and nuclear reprogramming, with a particular emphasis on chromatin structure, genome organization, and processes mediated by long-noncoding RNAs. She serves on the editorial boards of various journals and is a Director of the International Society for Stem Cell Research.
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