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Debbie Thurtle-Schmidt

Education

Postdoctoral University of California, San Francisco (Cellular Molecular Pharmacology)
Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley (Molecular and Cell Biology)
B.S. Santa Clara University (Biology)

Background

I am interested in integrating novel genomics data into teaching bioinformatics.

Every single cell in an organism has almost the exact same genomic information, yet cells in the body develop into vastly different cell identities. How does one cell become a liver cell and another cell become a skin cell? This terminal differentiation into distinct cell types is due to the turning on of some genes and the turning off of other genes–a phenomenon known as transcriptional regulation. I utilize both genomic and genetic approaches in the model organism C. elegans to investigate how the appropriate genes get turned on and off in the correct cell types.

Teaching

BIO/CSC 209 Bioinformatics Programming