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Christopher Frank
MGM Graduate Student

Box 3382 DUMC
Durham, N.C. 27710

Phone: 684-8196
Fax: TBD

Christopher Frank

Research Interests:  Chromatin structure and organization; the relationship between the epigenetic landscape of the human genome and gene expression regulation.

I grew up in the suburb of Avon, Connecticut and have been making my way down the East coast since. In 2010, I graduated from the University of Maryland in College Park with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. While there, I spent about two years working in the laboratory of Dr. Zhongchi Liu, carrying out a project co-mentored by Dr. Todd Cooke that explored the evolutionary origins of land plant body development using the only bryophyte, Physcomitrella patens, amenable to molecular genetic studies.

Here at Duke, I joined the laboratory of Greg Crawford where we employ different techniques to look at genome-wide chromatin structure and explore the functional significance of observed chromatin packaging differences in the context of mammalian cells.  Epigenetic control of gene expression by genome organization represents a largely unexplored avenue of regulation that may yield insights critical to understanding future therapeutics and human health issues.

In my spare time, I enjoy staying active by playing soccer, running with my dog, Socrates, getting away to the Carolina beaches where my family now resides, and exploring all the places new to me in the Raleigh-Durham area with my friends and wonderful fiancé, Cassi.

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