Benjamin Oakes

Benjamin Oakes

Benjamin Oakes

Advisor: Jay Hollick

oakes.105@osu.edu

500 Aronoff Laboratory
318 West 12th Ave
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Bioinformatics
  • Gene Expression
  • Plant Molecular Biology
  • RNA Biology

We’re interested in mechanisms that generate and maintain heritable phenotypic variation. Our current emphasis is aimed at understanding epigenetic systems that cause mitotically, and meiotically, heritable changes in gene activity. We are focusing on one particular mechanism, called paramutation, in which the regulation of one allele is heritably altered through interactions with the homologous allele. We are asking several key questions: what is the molecular nature of this meiotically heritable change, how does this change affect gene expression, how do two alleles communicate with each other, and how general is this mechanism in plant growth and development? We use the superb genetic, molecular genetic, cytogenetic, and cytological tools available in Zea mays to address these questions.

Poster Presentations:
Oakes, B. P. and Hollick, J. B., The roles of RNA polymerase IV and the environment in effecting heritable regulatory changes (poster), Annual Maize Genetics Conference, Union Station, Saint Louis, Missouri. March, 2019.

Oakes, B. P. and Hollick, J. B., The roles of RNA polymerase IV and the environment in effecting heritable regulatory changes (poster), Plant Sciences Symposium, The Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, Columbus, Ohio. May, 2019.
 
Oakes, B. P. and Hollick, J. B., The roles of RNA polymerase IV and the environment in effecting heritable regulatory changes (poster), Center for RNA Biology Symposium, Ohio Union, Columbus, Ohio. May, 2019.
 
Oakes, B. P. and Hollick, J. B., The roles of RNA polymerase IV and the environment in effecting heritable regulatory changes (poster), IGP Symposium, Ohio Union, Columbus, Ohio. May, 2019
 
Teaching Experience:
2018 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Biology 1113, Center for Life Sciences Education
 

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