Audrey Atkin

Audrey Atkin, PhD NPOD Investigator


Associate Professor - Pilot Project Leader

Biological Sciences
UNL
Manter Hall 402P/ Beadle Center E146

Phone: 402-472-4439  |  Email: aatkin1@unl.edu

External Website:
http://biosci.unl.edu/audrey-atkin

Research Interests: 

I have an active research program focused on how gene expression is regulated.  Historically we have used two fungal model systems to investigate basic mechanisms of gene expression - the Baker’s yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae to understand how mRNA decay pathways regulate gene expression and the human opportunistic pathogen Candida albicans to understand how fungal organisms use quorum sensing, a type of intercellular signaling, to regulate morphogenesis and for host pathogen interactions.  We use a combination of molecular genetics and bioinformatics. We are now also beginning to investigate the molecular mechanisms for the changes in human gene expression caused by dietary miRNAs.