Gene Regulation, Stems Cells and Cancer

Genome Architecture

Group Structure

Guillaume Filion
Heng-Chang Chen, Olivera Vujatovic
Marc Corrales, Ana Catarina Vidinhas De Oliveira, Pol Cusco
Ricky Lim
Arantxa Rosado, Victoria Pokusaeva


We fully understand a mere 3% of the human genome (the coding genome). More challenging is to understand how this tiny fraction is orchestrated by the much larger regulatory genome. What does the regulatory genome consist of? How does it encode information? How is it organized and how does it evolve? Contrary to the coding genome, the information of the regulatory genome is context-dependent. For example, the same promoter can have different levels of activity; the same enhancers can activate one gene or another, depending on available transcription factors and on the local chromatin marks. So the DNA sequence is not enough to understand the function of regulatory sequences. Our research lines focus on the influence of the chromatin context on transcription; and on the co-evolution between the genome and its chromatin context.

Research Projects

  • Developing the TRiP technology
  • Understanding the language of regulatory sequences
  • The chromatin print on the evolution of genomes

Selected Publications

  1. van Bemmel JG, Filion GJ, Rosado A, Talhout W, de Haas M, van Welsem T, van Leeuwen F, van Steensel B.
    “A network model of the molecular organization of chromatin in Drosophila.”
    Mol Cell. 2013 Feb 21;49(4):759-71. doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2013.01.040. (*)

(*) External origin