Human chromosomes are constantly assaulted by challenges to their integrity as a result of either environmental agents that damage DNA or from normal DNA metabolism. The failure to repair damaged DNA faithfully is ultimately responsible for many human diseases, especially cancer. This laboratory focuses on the repair of 1 particular lesion in DNA, the double-strand break (DSB). DSBs arise from agents, such as ionizing radiation, and can also occur spontaneously during DNA replication. Our emphasis is on repair of DSBs by homologous recombination, with a particular interest in the role of homologous recombination in maintaining genetic stability. Understanding the repair of DSBs is not only important for basic science and health concerns, but also impacts on molecular genetic manipulations of mammalian genomes.
Maria Jasin, PhD
Research FocusDevelopmental biologist Maria Jasin focuses on double-strand break repair and genomic integrity in mammalian cells and the relationship to tumor suppression.
EducationPhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Larocque JR, Jasin M. Mechanisms of recombination between diverged sequences in wild-type and BLM-deficient mouse and human cells. Mol Cell Biol. 2010; 30:1887-97. Epub 2010 Feb 12.
- Simsek D, and Jasin M. Alternative end-joining is suppressed by the canonical NHEJ component Xrcc4/ligase IV during chromosomal translocation formation. Nat. Mol. Struct. 2010; Biol 17, 410-416.