PhD, 1978, Indiana University
BS, 1973, University of Cincinnati
Member, National Academy of Science
Although every gene exists within every cell in the human body, only a small percentage of genes is activated in any given cell. To manage this genetic information efficiently, nature has evolved a sophisticated system that facilitates access to specific genes. The Allis lab studies the DNA-histone protein complex called chromatin, which packages the genetic information that exists within each cell and serves as a means of gene regulation that lies outside of the DNA itself — the basis of epigenetics.