We thank Nansenfondet og de dermed forbundne fond and Anders Jahre fond for research funding
We were thrilled to receive funding from Nansenfondet og det dermed forbundne fond and Anders Jahre fond in 2017. The funding is for the project "Uncovering novel mechanisms of jumping genes in development"
We are investigating transposons, popularly called “jumping genes”, in human embryonic stem cells and during neural differentiation. Transposons were long considered parasitic, or junk DNA, but this view has been challenged, and today there is a growing body of evidence that these jumping genes play an important role in human development and brain function. We are very interested in finding out more about the epigenetic regulation of these “jumping genes” in both embryonic and neural cell types. The funding from Nansenfondet og det dermed forbundne fond and Anders Jahre fond will allow us to set up this new project and hopefully learn more about why these “jumping genes” are so active in the brain and how this may affect gene regulation in the neural cells.