Kuryan, Benjamin G.

Ben is a second year trainee and is in the Molecular Biology IDP.  His research mentor is Dr. Michael Carey.  He received a B.S. degree in 2007 from UCLA.

Mentor: Dr. Michael Carey

Research project:

A major question in the field of eukaryotic transcription is how RNA polymerase II transcribes through nucleosomes and shapes the chromatin structure of transcribed regions. I intend to investigate these mechanisms by developing a biochemical elongation assay on a nucleosomal template. This system will enable the determination what factors are required for elongation, what happens to the histones during elongation, and the significance of histone posttranslational modifications in these processes.