Re­searcher recog­nised

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

A LEAD­ING Ned­lands-based sci­en­tist has been cho­sen along­side 40 re­searchers from 16 coun­tries to re­ceive a pres­ti­gious in­ter­na­tional schol­ar­ship that will fund his re­search.

Pro­fes­sor Ryan Lis­ter, who heads the Epi­ge­net­ics and Ge­nomics Lab­o­ra­tory at the Harry Perkins In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Re­search and UWA, has been ap­pointed a Howard Hughes Med­i­cal In­sti­tute (based in Mary­land, USA) In­ter­na­tional Re­search Scholar.

The Floreat res­i­dent has con­ducted ground­break­ing work in map­ping the epigenome, the mil­lions of chem­i­cal tags added to the DNA of genomes in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions that can con­trol whether nearby genes are turned on or off.

The award is worth US$650,000 ($882,000) over five years.

“This award al­lows us to con­duct longer-term re­search projects that can be more chal­leng­ing to un­der­take in con­ven­tional shorter-term grant fund­ing cy­cles, and it pro­vides us with the flex­i­bil­ity to ex­plore new ideas and re­search di­rec­tions.”

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