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EMBO Young Investigator

Peter Sarkies

University of Oxford | United Kingdom

YIP 2019–2023

Epigenetics and evolution

Epigenetic mechanisms evolve remarkably rapidly across different species. Intriguingly, this diversity is recapitulated in cancer cells, where mutations in epigenetic regulators are frequently observed. My research group is fascinated by this diversity. We are studying what drives the evolution of epigenetic mechanisms across species and in cancer. Our work provides novel insights into the molecular functions of epigenetic pathways.

Keywords: Epigenetics / evolution / small RNAs / piRNAs / DNA methylation

Subject area(s): Chromatin & Transcription | Genome Stability & Dynamics | RNA | Evolution & Ecology