April 8 in NYC: “Disease as a Crisis of Cell Identity” with Dr. Brian Abraham

Please join us on April 8, 2014 in New York City for a special presentation and cocktail reception with Dr. Brian Abraham.

What: “Disease as a Crisis of Cell Identity” featuring Dr. Brian Abraham
When: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm; presentation and cocktail reception
Where: Bonhams Gallery, 580 Madison Avenue, New York, NY
Contact: Patricia Pinto at 617-715-5310 or ppinto@wi.mit.edu

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About the Speaker

Dr. Brian Abraham has been a postdoctoral associate in the lab of Dr. Richard Young since 2012. The Young laboratory uses a combination of genetic, biochemical and computational methods to study cell circuitry, the regulation of gene expression and how disruptions in these processes can cause disease. Dr. Abraham has played a pivotal role in the Young lab’s most recent discoveries regarding super-enhancers in gene control. Super-enhancers are large clusters of transcriptional enhancers that drive expression of genes that define a cell’s identity. Since defects in gene expression can cause diabetes, cancer and immune deficiencies, improved understanding of cell circuitry can lead to new insights into disease mechanisms and the development of new diagnostics and therapeutics.

Dr. Abraham was a member of the NIH Graduate Student Council from 2011-2012 and is the recipient of many awards, including a 2012 Keystone Symposia Future of Science Fund Scholarship and a 2012 NIH Fellows Award for Research Excellence.