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Associate Professor
Year Started at JMU: 2013
Contact Info

Research Description

My lab studies epigenetic regulation in retinal neurons. Eukaryotic genomes acquire heritable and reversible chemical modifications that play a large role in influencing expression patterns of genes. We use the developing chicken eye and the human eye to study DNA methylation, an epigenetic modifier of the genome and how this modification effects transcription in retinal neurons. Additionally, I am actively involved with developing applied genomics and bioinformatics classroom materials for implementation into undergraduate courses.

  • Foundations of Biology (BIO 140)
  • Genetics (BIO 240)
  • Advanced Molecular Biology (BIO 480/580)
  • Genomics (BIO 481/581)
  • Advanced Graduate Topics in Cell & Molecular Biology (BIO 630)

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  • PhD in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, 2010, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
  • BS in Biology, 2000, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD
Select Publications
  • Hyman O, Doyle E, Harsh J, Mott J, Pesce A, Rasoul B*, Seifert K, Enke R. 2019. CURE-all: Large Scale Implementation of Authentic DNA Barcoding Research into First-Year Biology Curriculum. CourseSource. DOI: 10.24918/cs.2019.10
  • Hossain R*, Dunham NR*, Enke R, Berndsen C. 2018. In silico modeling of epigenetic-induced changes in photoreceptor cis-regulatory elements. Molecular Vision. Mar 14;24:218-230. PMCID: PMC5851326
  • Langouet-Astrie C*, Meinsen AL*, Grunwald ER*, Turner SD, Enke RA. RNA sequencing analysis of the developing chicken retina. Sci Data. 2016 Dec 20. PMCID: PMC5170595 

*indicates undergraduate student author

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