Transcriptional control in the Drosophila blastoderm
John Reinitz (Departments of Statistics, Institute of Genomics & Systems Biology, University of Chicago)
(January 7, 2013 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM)
The syncytial organization of the blastoderm stage of Drosophila development affords unique advantages for the study of transcriptional control. With respect to the control of transcription, it is possible to use the entire embryo as a spatially resolved microarray in which the response of reporters to quantitatively assayed transcription factors can be monitored at cellular resolution. This affords the opportunity to construct quantitative and predictive models of transcriptional control that are not limited to single enhancers. I will discuss progress in constructing such models, including applications to evolution and synthetic biology.