Eric F. Joyce, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Genetics

University of Pennsylvania
The Perelman School of Medicine
Department of Genetics
Lab: 570 Clinical Research Building
Office: 564 Clinical Research Building
415 Curie Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-898-1229

Lab: 215-746-5734

We have generated custom Oligopaint probes to precisely target population-defined domains known as TADs in single cells and, using high- and super-resolution microscopy, found evidence for extensive heterogeneity across individual alleles. As this has implications for gene regulation, we discovered that the expression of genes at TAD boundaries are particularly sensitive to reduced cohesin levels in pathological cohesin dysfunction such as in cohesinopathies like Cornelia De Lange Syndrome. We further found that cohesin promotes stochastic boundary bypass between domains for proper expression of boundary-proximal genes. More recently, we found that co-depletion of NIPBL and WAPL, two opposing regulators of cohesin, rescues chromatin misfolding and gene misexpression, consistent with a model in which cohesin levels are balanced by its activity on chromatin.

Research Interest

Our laboratory studies the spatial organization of the genome. We use a combination of cellular, molecular, genetic, and computational tools to elucidate how the structure and position of chromosomes within the nucleus is established and inherited across cell divisions, and how dysfunctional organization contributes to genome instability and disease. We also develop and utilize new technologies that use fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) to interrogate chromosome structure at single-cell resolution.

Lab Members

LizKraeutlerG&E Ph.D.
DanielParkG&E MD/Ph.D.