The David Lab

Welcome to the David Lab

Research efforts in the David lab apply core techniques in chemical biology, biochemistry, and cell biology to address fundamental questions in the epigenetic regulation of transcription. Epigenetic regulation relies on the dynamic modification of the two building blocks of chromatin: DNA and histone packaging proteins, to establish and maintain cell identity and fate. We develop and utilize chemical methods to synthesize site-specifically modified histones in vitro and in vivo and study the roles that these modifications play in disease states, with the ultimate goal of targeting these pathways for therapeutics.

L->R: Jake, Nick, Igor, Yael, Qingfei, Karin, Nathan, Efrat, Albert and Wola

Cellular “Garbage Collectors” Are Key to Cancer’s Growth

At work: chemical biologist Yael David

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