Teacher program: Seminar Series

Whitehead Institute’s 2007-2008 Seminar Series for High School Teachers: Controlling Genes

Your body comprises trillions of cells, and each one contains the same DNA, encoding identical genes. But just a fraction of those genes are active in any given cell. Thus a brain cell produces dopamine, serotonin and other “brain” chemicals rather than keratin, fats and oils, which are characteristic of a skin cell. Scientists are working to understand the switches and control mechanisms that regulate gene expression and thus determine a cell’s identity.

The 2008 Whitehead Institute’s Lecture Series for High School Teachers, “Controlling Genes,” featured talks by world-class researchers who are exploring DNA packaging, transcription factors, microRNAs and other regulatory mechanisms. Their work could provide a boost to regenerative medicine and lead to new therapies for cancer and other diseases.


Kick-off session: Tuesday, October 15, 2007

Nitrogen Fixation in Plants

Graham Walker, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

[presentation not available]

Monday, November 5, 2007


Rudolf Jaenisch, Whitehead Institute

[58.2MB pdf]

Monday, December 3, 2007

Master Controlling Elements in Stem Cells

Rick Young, Whitehead Institute

[12.7MB pdf]

Monday, January 7, 2008

Switches in Yeast Development

Sudeep Agarwala, Whitehead Institute

[1.1MB pdf]

Monday, February 4, 2008

The Structure Chromatin

Paul Wiggins, Whitehead Institute

[presentation not available]

Monday, March 3, 2008

MicroRNAs and Gene Control

Victor Ambros, University of Massachusetts Medical School

[6.5MB pdf]

Monday, April 7, 2008

From Normal Melanocytes to Melanoma

Craig Ceol, Children's Hospital Boston

[3.73MB pdf]

Monday, MAy 5, 2008

RNAs That Regulate Genes

David Bartel, Whitehead Institute

[presentation not available]

Monday, June 2, 2008

How Computational Analysis Can Inform Circuits of Gene Expression

Aviv Regev, Broad Institute

[presentation not available]

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