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Kathryn Vaillancourt

Kathryn is a PhD student in neuroscience at McGill University in Montreal, who is working towards understanding the long term epigenetic effects of cocaine on the human brain. She uses a wide range of molecular and next generation sequencing techniques, on post mortem tissue, to study everything from DNA methylation to 3D chromatin architecture. She started sharing her passion for science in 2013 with the creation of the OnYourMind Neuroscience Podcast, and is always looking for new ways to explore her love of science communication.

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Chromatin conformation capture, chromatin capture, chromatin structure, chromatin conformation analysis, 3C

Navigating the “Cs” Part 1: an Introduction to Chromatin Conformation Capture Techniques

By Kathryn Vaillancourt | March 7, 2018

Interest in the three-dimensional structure of chromatin has exploded over the past few years—and for good reason!  We now know that DNA isn’t randomly piled into the nucleus like a bowl of spaghetti, but arranged in functional loops and domains, more like a city blueprint. This is particularly exciting to (epi)genomic scientists, because 3D chromatin…

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