Joseph Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Investigator

Epigenetics and Stem Cell Biology Laboratory / Single Cell Dynamics Group

NIEHS

D425 Rall Building
111 T W Alexander Dr
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

984-287-3104

joseph.rodriguez@nih.gov

Research Topics

We study how the environment influences expression variability at the single cell level and subsequently how this variability influences cell fate decisions.

Our understanding of gene regulation is mostly based on studies which assay whole tissues and bulk cell lysates. My group is interested in understanding why genetically identical cells respond heterogenous to environmental stimuli. Recent research suggests that in diseases such as cancer or the process of aging, expression variability increases in tissue. Determining the factors and mechanisms that regulate this variability will help us understand the differences between normal and diseased states.

Biography

I graduated from MIT in 2001 and worked for six years performing bioinformatics analysis of human genome assembly. In 2007, I began work under the direction of Nobel Laureate Michael Rosbash, Ph.D., at Brandeis University, studying RNA processing and circadian gene expression dynamics. Those efforts led to shared authorship on eleven publications, including first author papers in Molecular Cell and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. After receiving my doctorate in 2012, Rodriguez joined the laboratory of Daniel Larson, Ph.D., at the National Cancer Institute and studied transcriptional regulation of estrogen responsive genes in single human cells. I joined NIEHS in 2018.

Selected Publications

  1. Ren G, Jin W, Cui K, Rodrigez J, Hu G, Zhang Z, Larson DR, Zhao K. CTCF-Mediated Enhancer-Promoter Interaction Is a Critical Regulator of Cell-to-Cell Variation of Gene Expression. Mol Cell. 2017;67(6):1049-1058.e6.


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