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Discovery and manipulation of key regulators of cell identity in the brain through cellular reprogramming and CRISPR

After graduating from the Oslo International School, Oslo, Norway, I studied mathematics at the Technical University of Munich (2013 - 2018). In December 2018, I started my PhD at the Institute of Computational Biology, Helmholtz Zentrum München, in the group of Dr. Carsten Marr, Quantitative Single Cell Dynamics. During my PhD, I will study gene regulation: All cells in our body contain the same genetic information encoded within the DNA. However, we are composed of many different types of tissue, each composed of many different cell types. Epigenetic regulation of gene expression enables the cells in our body to extract the cell-specific information from the DNA to perform their functions. Identifying the regulatory mechanisms of gene repression (and transcriptional memory) will aid in understanding diseases associated with impaired gene expression e.g. autoimmune diseases and cancer, disease tolerance and therapy. My studies will focus on the repression - the switching off - of genes as part of the gene regulatory unit in a basic system, the model organism Saccharomyces cerevisiae (budding yeast). To do so, I will apply both experimental and theoretical approaches.