• 672 Citations

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To understand how regulatory sequence is interpreted by the cell, we require systems-level, biophysical models that describe how transcription factor concentration, affinity, cooperativity, and competition convert sequence information into specific patterns of gene expression. With such biophysical models in hand, we will better understand the physical basis of transcriptional programs in development, cell division, and differentiation, and we will improve our ability to predict the effects of non-coding genetic variation on disease risk and progression. These models will lead to better interpretation of the results of high-throughput genome occupancy experiments such as ChIP-seq, and they will strengthen our ability to identify functional regulatory elements in the genome. A biophysical understanding of cis-regulation will also enable us to rationally engineer transcriptional circuits for health, agricultural, and energy applications.  In my work, I use quantitative and high-throughput data together with physical models to understand the biophysical basis of cis-regulatory logic.

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Research Output

  • 672 Citations
  • 9 Article
  • 1 Editorial
  • 1 Review article

Gene regulation and the architecture of complex human traits in the genomics era

Boutwell, B. B. & White, M. A., Jun 2019, In : Current Opinion in Psychology. 27, p. 93-97 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • A Simple Grammar Defines Activating and Repressing cis-Regulatory Elements in Photoreceptors

    White, M. A., Kwasnieski, J. C., Myers, C. A., Shen, S. Q., Corbo, J. C. & Cohen, B. A., Oct 25 2016, In : Cell Reports. 17, 5, p. 1247-1254 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 22 Scopus citations

    Promoter-distal RNA polymerase II binding discriminates active from inactive CCAAT/ enhancer-binding protein beta binding sites

    Savic, D., Roberts, B. S., Carleton, J. B., Partridge, E. C., White, M. A., Cohen, B. A., Cooper, G. M., Gertz, J. & Myers, R. M., Dec 2015, In : Genome research. 25, 12, p. 1791-1800 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 17 Scopus citations
    Open Access
  • 31 Scopus citations