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Joseph Troy

Email:   jmtroy2@illinois.edu

Program area(s):   

Bioinformatics

Graduate advisor:   Prof. Lisa Stubbs, Cell & Developmental Biology

Research:

I am working in the lab of Dr. Lisa Stubbs, Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology.

Presently I’m working on a bioinformatics project to identify interactions between Zinc Finger Protein 558 (ZNF558) and Long Terminal Repeat (LTR) elements in human DNA.  Zinc Finger Protein 558 belongs to the Zinc Finger family of Transcription Factors that bind to DNA thus regulating the expression of DNA.

Throughout history many LTRs have been introduced into the human genome via retroviruses.  Of interest is the evolutionary history of Zinc Finger Proteins compared to the evolutionary history of the LTRs they bind to.