Weill Cornell Medical College The Rockefeller University Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

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TPCB Faculty

Viviana Risca, PhD

Rockefeller University


PhD, 2012, University of California, Berkeley

BS, 2004, Stanford University

Research Topics

  • Bioactive Small Molecules
    • Chemical probe development
  • Chemical Cell Biology
    • Chemical Genetics
    • Cellular Imaging
  • Biotechnology
    • Radiochemistry
  • Computational Chemistry
    • Protein Modeling

Therapeutic Areas

  • Cancer

photoThe Risca Lab studies how the three-dimensional architecture of the genome reflects and regulates DNA-based processes. We are particularly interested in mechanisms of transcriptional repression and regulation of access to DNA in differentiation and senescence. Our analytical approaches include sequencing-based epigenomic assays, in vitro reconstitution, microscopy, and coarse-grained modeling of chromatin fibers using Monte Carlo simulations. We are developing novel methods for probing chromatin structure in minimally perturbed cells using ionizing radiation and hydroxyl radical generating chemical probes. 

Read more about Prof. Risca’s research on the Rockefeller University website

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