Professor Ryan Lister

 - Chief Investigator

Research focus: Elucidating how the epigenome is established and dynamically modified, how it affects cellular readout of underlying genetic information, and molecular tools for editing the epigenome

Ryan Lister leads a research group focusing on epigenomics in humans and plants at the University of Western Australia. After receiving his PhD from UWA, Ryan undertook postdoctoral studies at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies from 2006. There he developed methodologies for utilizing high-throughput DNA sequencing technologies to generate base-resolution maps of DNA methylation and transcriptional activity throughout eukaryotic genomes, yielding new insights into the composition and function of DNA methylation in plants, people and pluripotency. Having returned to UWA in 2012, Ryan’s laboratory is focused upon understanding how these complex epigenomic patterns are established and altered, how they affect the readout of underlying genetic information, their role in neural cell development and function, and developing molecular tools to precisely edit the epigenome.