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Chromatin Club Down Under Seminar Series

Chromatin Club Down Under

The Chromatin Club Down Under (CCDU) was formed by Dr. Sarah Diermeier (University of Otago, New Zealand) and Dr. Stefan Dillinger (Active Motif, Carlsbad, CA USA). This online scientific event aims to connect researchers located primarily in Australia and New Zealand, to promote scientific exchange, and facilitate networking between students, postdocs, and PIs interested in epigenetic research.

The scientific focus of the club is broad, and we intend to bridge basic, applied, and translational epigenetics research. CCDU events aim to host two Keynote Speakers, in addition to talks from Associate and Assistant Professors to discuss epigenetics events in cancer, development, stem cells, and related fields.

Upcoming Event Details

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Previous Event Details

Date: March 29, 2023

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (NZDT) / 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m (PDT) *on March 28*

Invited Speakers:

  • Tim Hore - Associate Professor, Dept. of Anatomy, University of Otago
    Epigenetic Clocks and Androgen
  • Nadine Hein, Ph.D. - Research Fellow, Australian National University
    Changes in Ribosomal DNA Chromatin During Malignant Transformation
  • Amy Osborne, Ph.D. - Sr. Lecturer, Genomics, University of Canterbury
    Does DNA Methylation Mediate the Link Between Prenatal Cannabis Exposure and Poor Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in Children?


Date: August 11th, 2021

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00p.m. (NZT)

Keynote Speaker:

  • Professor Julia Horsfield, University of Otago – “The Cohesin Complex and Gene Regulation in Response to Signaling Pathways”
  • Professor David Tremethick, Australian National University – “Linking Chromatin Structure with Function: The Essential Role of Histone Variants”

Additional Speakers:

  • Dr. Melanie Eckersley-Maslin, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre – “Epigenetic Plasticity in Development and Cancer”
  • Dr. Tracy Hale, Massey University – “Exploring the Role of HP1α in Restraining Cell Invasion”
  • Dr. Rwik Sen, Active Motif, Inc. – “Advanced Sample Preparation Methods Enabling Multi-omics Experiments”

Hosted By: Sarah Diermeier, University of Otago, and Stefan Dillinger, Active Motif, Inc.