We are very grateful to the NIH for awarding us an NIH Director's New Innovator Award (MIT press release; NIH press release). This award will support our synthetic 3D genome biology research program with $2,318,250 over the next 5 years, and it is funded by the NIH Common Fund. A list of all the awardees - which include our MIT colleagues Tami Lieberman and Michael Birnbaum - can be found here. Thank you, NIH!
The first review paper from the lab has now been published Open Access in WIREs Developmental Biology.
Viraat reviewed the development of chromosome conformation capture technologies, giving a historical account and discussing the insights into 3D genome structure and function that were gleaned from the application of these methods.
Viraat also placed special emphasis on Micro-C, a new technology for mapping 3D genome structure at unprecedented resolution and which is especially sensitive to transcriptionally relevant features of genome structure.
Congratulations to Viraat!