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Dr. Van Rechem received her education at the University of Lyon I, France (BS in Cellular Biology and Physiology, Genetics) and at the University of Lille II, France (MS in Biological Sciences, PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology). She came to the United States for her post-doctoral training at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and Harvard Medical School Department of Medicine, where she became an Assistant in Genetics and Instructor of Medicine in 2015. In 2017, Dr. Van Rechem was appointed as an Assistant Professor in Pathology at Stanford University.Dr. Van Rechem is interested in the molecular impact of chromatin modifiers on disease development, with an emphasis on cancer. Her laboratory undertakes a cell-cycle specific angle to explore specific functions such as gene expression and replication timing. They also explore unconventional direct roles for these factors in the cytoplasm, with a focus on protein synthesis. Their ultimate goal is to provide needed insights into new targeted therapies.
Chromatin regulators are highly altered in diseases. Of interest, these proteins are easily targetable by drugs. Furthermore, the plasticity of epigenetic events makes them a powerful target for new therapeutic strategies and reversion of disease phenotype. Histone and DNA modifications influence many processes including transcription, replication, genomic stability and cell division, which are altered in diseases. Therefore, understanding the molecular basis of chromatin modifiers in both normal and pathological cells could help us frame new potential biomarkers and targeted therapies.My long-term interest lies in understanding the impact chromatin modifiers have on disease development and progression so that more optimal therapeutic opportunities can be achieved. My laboratory explores the direct molecular impact of chromatin-modifying enzymes during cell cycle progression, and characterizes the unappreciated and unconventional roles that these chromatin factors have on cytoplasmic function such as protein synthesis. By gaining molecular understanding into the mechanism of action of chromatin modifiers in normal and pathological cells, we will improve our basic knowledge and provide needed insights into new potential targeted therapies in diseases.