Genome Stability and the Prevention of Nervous System Disease

Peter McKinnon - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

September, 24 2014
11:00 DKFZ Main Auditorium

Host: Pierre-Olivier Frappart

Peter McKinnon
Peter McKinnon received his PhD from Adelaide, Australia where he worked with Prof. Leigh Burgoyne on chromatin structure in the neurodegenerative syndrome ataxia telangiectasia (A-T), subsequently developing an interest in the neurobiology of A-T. His postdoctoral work was done at the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology in New Jersey with HHMI Investigator Robert Margolskee focusing on molecular neurobiology. Upon moving to St Jude Children’s Hospital as a faculty member, he established a research program to understand the molecular basis for neurodegeneration in A-T. This work broadened to examine DNA damage signaling and the relationship between genome instability and disease in the nervous system, including neurodevelopmental defects and brain tumors. He is currently a Full Member in the Dept. of Genetics at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital and a Professor in the Dept. Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Tennessee.

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