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Katie Duval

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Postdoctoral Researcher

B.S. Biology (2018) Emory University 

B.A. English (2018) Emory University

Research Interests:

Effective DNA regulation is the cornerstone of development, facilitating biological phenomena such as responses to the environment and cell specification. In each cell, DNA is packaged into chromatin, a malleable structure which can be manipulated to affect DNA stability and accessibility. Chromatin can be further categorized in actively transcribed and accessible euchromatin, and ultra-condensed and transcriptionally silent heterochromatin. Accurate delineation between these types of chromatin is imperative for all transcriptional regulation and successful development. Although effective chromatin function is crucial for life, the process in which euchromatin and heterochromatin are differentiated is poorly understood in many systems, especially vertebrates. My research aims to better understand the mechanisms driving heterochromatin establishment during vertebrate development.

For a brief overview of my research, feel free to watch my ARCS Fellowship application video

Labs (please indicate whose lab you are a member of):
Selected Publications:

To view my publications, please see my Google Scholar profile

Of note:

Jan and Kirby Alton Fellowship, 2022-2023

Linton and June Bishop Graduate Fellowship, 2021

ARCS Foundation Scholarship, 2020-2023

NIH T32 Training Fellowship, 2020-2021

NSF Graduate Scholars Leadership, Engagement, and Development (GS LEAD) Fellowship, 2018      

Articles Featuring Katie Duval

Katie Duval, who’s earning a Ph.D. in genetics, has been named a 2020 ARCS Scholar alongside two colleagues from the Franklin College Life Sciences Division. Katie is thrilled to be able to continue her research on how chromatin, or DNA packaging, is…

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