Science and Math Department Chair
Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics
Research Interest: Mechanisms of DNA Damage Repair and Genome Maintenance
The maintenance of genome stability is critical for the faithful replication and segregation of chromosomes, which lowers the incidence of disease and cancer. However, damage to DNA from endogenous (eg. DNA replication failure) and exogenous (eg. UV) sources results in a wide array of events, such as loss of heterozygosity, chromosome loss, and translocation, which are common in many cancers.
Dr. Meyer's research employs the use of the model organism Saccharomyces cerevisiae, to understand the pathways in cells which repair various forms of DNA damage and maintain chromosome integrity using a combination of classical and molecular genetics, molecular biology and physical assays.