The University of Western Australia, AU


Ryan Lister leads an experimental research group exploring the epigenome in animals and plants, at the University of Western Australia. After receiving his PhD from UWA, Ryan undertook postdoctoral studies in Joseph Ecker's laboratory at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California from 2006. There he developed  methodologies for utilizing new high-throughput DNA sequencing technologies to map the epigenome, the molecular code superimposed upon the genome that plays crucial roles in regulating the information contained in the underlying DNA sequence. His research has yielded new insights into the composition and function of the epigenome in a variety of systems, including plants, the human brain, and stem cells. 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 brain development and function, and developing molecular tools to precisely edit the epigenome.



Lister R*, Mukamel EA*, Nery JR, Urich M, Puddifoot CA, Johnson ND, Lucero J, Huang Y, Dwork A, Schultz MD, Tonti-Filippini J, Yu M, Heyn H, Hu S, Wu JC, Rao A, Esteller M, He C, Haghighi FG, Sejnowski TJ, Behrens MM, Ecker JR (2013) Global epigenomic reconfiguration during mammalian brain development. Science 341(6146):1237905

Lister R*, Pelizzola M*, Kida YS, Hawkins RD, Nery JR, Hon G, Antosiewicz-Bourget J, O’Malley R, Castanon R, Klugman S, Downes M, Yu R, Stewart R, Ren B, Thomson JA, Evans RM, Ecker JR (2011) Hotspots of aberrant epigenomic reprogramming in human induced pluripotent stem cells. Nature 471(7336):68-73

Lister R*, Pelizzola M*, Dowen RH, Hawkins RD, Hon G, Tonti-Filippini J, Nery JR, Lee L, Ye Z, Ngo QM, Edsall L, Antosiewicz-Bourget J, Stewart R, Ruotti V, Millar AH, Thomson JA, Ren B, Ecker JR (2009) Human DNA methylomes at base resolution show widespread epigenomic differences. Nature 462(7271):315-22

Lister R*, O'Malley RC*, Tonti-Filippini J*, Gregory BD, Berry CC, Millar AH, Ecker JR (2008) Highly integrated single-base resolution maps of the epigenome in Arabidopsis. Cell 133(3):523-36
Xie W, Schultz M*, Lister R*, Hou Z*, Rajagopal N*, Ray P*, Whitaker JW*, Tian S*, Hawkins RD*, Leung D*, Yang H, Wang T, Lee AY, Swanson SA, Zhang J, Zhu Y, Kim A, Nery J, Urich MA, Kuan S, Yen C, Klugman S, Yu P, Suknuntha K, Propson NE, Chen H, Edsall LE, Wagner U, Li Y, Ye Z, Kulkarni A, Xuan Z, Chung W, Chi NC, Antosiewicz-Bourget J, Slukvin I, Stewart R, Zhang MQ, Wang W, Thomson JA, Ecker JR, Ren B (2013) Epigenomic Analysis of Multi-lineage Differentiation of Human Embryonic Stem Cells. Cell 153(5):1134-48


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