Assistant Professor of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics
Raluca Gordan is appointed jointly in the Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy and the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics. She received her PhD in Computer Science in 2009 from Duke University, where she worked on DNA motif discovery algorithms under the supervision of Prof. Alex Hartemink. Dr. Gordan conducted postdoctoral research with Prof. Martha Bulyk at Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School (Boston, MA), studying the DNA binding specificity of transcription factors using protein binding microarrays. Her training was supported by a postdoctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association. She joined the faculty at Duke in September 2011.
Dr. Gordan is particularly interested in the mechanisms by which transcription factors are recruited to their specific DNA sites, both in vitro and in vivo, and how this recruitment is affected by changes in the DNA or protein sequence. Her work uses protein binding microarray assays and computational approaches that combine different types of information relevant for DNA binding and transcriptional regulation.
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