Julia is a Principal Investigator in the Chromosome Structure and Development Group at the University of Otago. Julia specialises in the role of cohesin proteins and chromosome structure in development and cancer.
Cohesin is a protein complex found in all animals, including humans, and is important for cell division and DNA repair. The main function of cohesin is to hold replicated chromosomes together until cells divide, but it also plays key roles in gene expression.
The overall goal of her research is to understand the mechanism of cohesin contribution. She hopes her results from using the exemplary animal model, the zebrafish, will provide important and novel contributions to cancer research.
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