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University of Minnesota Twin Cities
College of Biological Sciences
College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences
Department of Plant Biology

PI: Nathan M. Springer, Associate Fellow

Epigenomic Variation in Maize

The Springer lab studies the role of epigenetics in contributing to phenotypic variation. Epigenetics describes heritable variation that is not attributable to differences in DNA sequence. The researchers profile the patterns of DNA methylation and histone modifications in the maize genome. These differences are compared with expression patterns, phenotypes and DNA sequence variation. The combined analysis of genomic and epigenomic data provides an understanding of the role of epigenetics.

Group Members

Steven Eichten, Graduate Student
Irina Makarevitch, Visiting Researcher
Ruth Swanson-Wagner, Research Associate