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I am a current PhD student working in the lab of Dr. Nicole Riddle since May 2017 studying epigenetics and bioinformatics using Drosophila melanogaster.

I am primarily interested in studying complex traits through the lens of the genome. I try to integrate high-throughput next generation sequencing data with experimental, molecular approaches such as dCas9 epigenome engineering to understand how events at the molecular level lead to traits observable at the organismal level. As part of the Riddle Lab at UAB, I focus on understanding the contributions of Heterochromatin Protein 1 family proteins to transcription and genome stability in the fly genome.

In addition to epigenetics and chromatin research, I am also interested in data visualization and R programming. Follow me on twitter @JohnSchoelz.

Faculty Advisor: Nicole Riddle

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