Transcriptional Control of Cell-fate Choices
Speaker: Zhe (James) Liu, Department of Molecular Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley
Time: 5pm-7pm,Tuesday, March 6th
Location: Chemistry Library Room D, Hildebrand Hall (Entrance on West)
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Abstract Deciphering the molecular basis of pluripotency is fundamental to our understanding of development and embryonic stem cell function. Here, we report that TAF3, a TBP-associated core promoter factor, is highly enriched in ES cells. In this context, TAF3 is required for endoderm lineage differentiation and prevents premature specification of neuroectoderm and mesoderm. In addition to its role in the core promoter recognition complex TFIID, genome-wide binding studies reveal that TAF3 localizes to a subset of chromosomal regions bound by CTCF/cohesin that are selectively associated with genes upregulated by TAF3. Notably, CTCF directly recruits TAF3 to promoter distal sites and TAF3-dependent DNA looping is observed between the promoter distal sites and core promoters occupied by TAF3/CTCF/cohesin. Together, our findings support a new role of TAF3 in mediating long-range chromatin regulatory interactions that safeguard the finely-balanced transcriptional programs underlying pluripotency.
Reference Control of embryonic stem cell lineage commitment by core promoter factor, TAF3.Liu Z,Scannell DR, Eisen MB, Tjian R. Cell. 2011 Sep 2; 146(5): 720-31.
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Speaker: Elizabeth Xu, Ph.D. Senior Vice President, Rearden Commerce
Time: 6:30pm-9:00pm, Wednesday, February 15.
Location: Barrows 110Dr. Xu is currently the senior vice president in product engineering
at Rearden Commerce. Prior to this position. Dr. Xu was the senior
vice president of Risk Management Solutions, Businesss Innovation
Services and Vitra Technology, and has worked at IBM for several
years. She serves as a board member for several non-profit
organizations, including Asia America Multitechnology Association and
the National Association of Asian American Professionals.
Dr. Xu is famous for her well-received presentation "Ten Steps to a
Successful Career" which provides building blocks for individuals who
pursue meaningful careers. She has delivered her speech to various
executive teams including these from HP, Yahoo!, Google and Microsoft.
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This event is co-organized by Chinese Graduate and Postdoctoral
Scholar Association (CGPSA) and Peking University Alumni Association
at Berkeley (PKUAA@Berkeley).
The School of Life Science at Xi'an Jiaotong University of China is now seeking qualified scholars at several ranks including Chaired Professor in Thousand Talents Program, Thousand Youth Talents Program, Yangtze River Scholars, Tengfei Talents Program, and full professors, associate, and assistant professors. The scholars with backgrounds in genetics, biology and chemistry, biophysics, computational biology, biomedical engineering and biomaterials are particularly interesting to the recruiting team.
The School chairman professor Jiankang Liu and Junwu Zhao will speak during the information session.
Time: 1pm-4pm, Monday, Dec 12th,2011
Location: 434 Barker Hall
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This event is sponsored by Graduate Assembly, UC Berkeley and organized by Peking University Alumni Association at Berkeley (PKUAA@Berkeley) and Berkeley Sunshine.
Electrical and Optical Studies of Nanostructure
Speaker: Sufei Shi,Department of Physics,University of California, Berkeley
The Academic Exchange Forum is sponsored by the Peking University Alumni Association at Berkeley and Berkeley Sunshine. Students and Scholars from all different backgrounds are welcome to attend.
The dungeness crab’s season’s coming. Let’s head to the Bodega Bay and
enjoy a whole afternoon of sunshine and fun! Find the details below.
Time: 12pm, Saturday, November 5th, 2011
Place: the Bodega Bay (approximately 1.5 hours’ driving from campus)
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5pm, Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011.
Strategies for Developing Next Generation of Biorefineries: a transition from fossil fuels to biofuels
Speaker: Shuai Wang, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
5pm,Thursday, November 3rd.
The Academic Exchange Forum is sponsored bythe Peking University Alumni Association at Berkeley and Berkeley Sunshine. Studentsand Scholars from all different backgrounds are welcome toattend.
Semiclassical thinking about chemical reaction dynamics: toward unraveling the mysteries of photosynthesis.
Berkeley is such a diverse community while
Peking University has long held to its tradition of embracing different
opinions. Peking University Alumni Association at Berkeley, who always
dedicates to benefiting all the students, postdocs, and scholars at University
of California – Berkeley by promoting mutual understanding and building lasting
friendship, is glad to kick off our series of Academic Exchange Forum. Take a
look at our vision and keep updated of the schedule. It’s definitely a great
opportunity for you to discover your hidden talents, build relationships with
academic institutions here in the US and back home in China, and plan your
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MREF is a creative break of the traditional
small group seminars which are confined to a particular professional field. In
an era that various fields merge to spark up new ideas, this forum is aimed at
fostering productive collaborations among early-career scientists of different
backgrounds. You will get plenty of chances to communicate with people who are
experts in their fields, challenge old way of thinking and explore your hidden
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literature, anthropology, history, media etc. are encouraged to participate, as
well as general audience who has interest in the topics. CCEF hopes to
stimulate the cross-cultural thinking about the positive attitudes in human
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and also get fresh ideas from each other.
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