The Wellcome Trust Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression is delighted to welcome our latest Principal Investigator, Dr Elizabeth Bayne.

Elizabeth Bayne comes to Dundee from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology at the University of Edinburgh, where she has been a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Prof. R.C. Allshire since 2004, studying the link between RNA interference (RNAi) and chromatin modification, in fission yeast.

Dr. Bayne received her undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge University in 2000, before going on to Doctoral Research at the Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich with Prof. D.C. Baulcombe.

Her current research focuses on understanding the mechanism and regulation of RNAi -directed heterochromatin formation in fission yeast (Schizosaccharomyces pombe), which is an excellent paradigm for RNA-directed chromatin modification in general. The work promises to yield new information about how gene expression is regulated by the many non-coding RNAs produced by cells.

Dr. Bayne will arrive Dundee in January 2011 and her research at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression will be funded by a career development fellowship from the Medical Research Council.