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Jan Larsson

Professor Jan Larsson leads a research group at the Department of Molecular Biology, Umeå University in northern Sweden.

His research interest concerns chromosome-wide gene regulation and chromosome-specific adaptations. Using the two chromosome-specific systems MSL and POF in Drosophila his group focuses on:

  • Outlining the function of chromatin signatures and RNA interactions in targeting and regulatory mechanisms.
  • Delineating the link between chromosome-wide targeting and chromosome segregation.
  • Understanding the evolution of chromosome-wide gene targeting and regulation, sex-chromosomes and the role of heterochromatin and RNA interactions in these processes.
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Besides science, Jan has recently developed a passion for forestry and he often spends his free time in the forest equipped with his chain saw, tree felling wedges and an ax.

Having published research in a variety of journals, Jan is a welcome addition to the Fly Editorial Board. If you're not already familiar with his work, seek out the examples below:

  • Kim, M., Faucillion, M.L. and Larsson, J. (2018) RNA-on-X 1 and 2 in Drosophila melanogaster fulfill separate functions in dosage compensation. PLoS Genet., 14, e1007842.
  • Kim, M., Ekhterai-Tousi, S., Lewerentz, J. and Larsson, J. (2018) The X-linked 1.688 satellite in Drosophila melanogaster promotes specific targeting by Painting of Fourth. Genetics, 208, 623-632.
  • Figueiredo, M.L., Kim, M., Philip, P., Allgardsson, A., Stenberg, P. and Larsson, J. (2014) Non-coding roX RNAs prevent the binding of the MSL-complex to heterochromatic regions PLoS Genet., 10, e1004865.
drosophila Microbiome expert Jan Larsson

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