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Barbara J. Meyer, PhD
Investigator / 1997–Present

Scientific Discipline

Cell Biology, Genetics

Host Institution

University of California, Berkeley

Current Position

Dr. Meyer is also a professor of genetics, genomics, and development in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and an adjunct professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine.

Current Research

Chromosomes undergo dynamic behaviors during development to ensure genome stability and accurate cell fate decisions. Barbara Meyer studies interrelated molecular networks that control diverse chromosome behaviors: chromosome counting, to determine sexual fate; X chromosome repression during dosage compensation, to balance gene expression between the sexes; chromosome cohesion, to tether and release replicated chromosomes for reducing genome copy number in germ cells; and chromosome compaction, to control chromosome segregation and recombination between maternal and paternal chromosomes.
Biochemically distinct condensin complexes with interchangeable subunits control chromosome structure...

Biography

Dr. Meyer is also a professor of genetics, genomics, and development in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and an adjunct professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the…

Dr. Meyer is also a professor of genetics, genomics, and development in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and an adjunct professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. She received her BA degree in biology from Stanford University and her PhD degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Harvard University, where she studied with Mark Ptashne. Her postdoctoral work with Sydney Brenner was conducted at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England. Prior to her present position, Dr. Meyer was a tenured faculty member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Microbiology, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Education

  • BA, biology, Stanford University
  • PhD, biochemistry and molecular biology, Harvard University

Awards

  • Genetics Society of America Medal

Memberships

  • National Academy of Sciences
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow
  • American Philosophical Society
  • American Academy of Microbiology
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