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August 15, 2016

Winston Timp named 2016 Catalyst Award recipient

BME Assistant Professor Winston Timp was among thirty-four early career faculty members recently selected to receive Johns Hopkins 2016–17 Catalyst Awards. This honor is accompanied by a $75,000 grant, mentoring opportunities, and institutional recognition. Awardees represent some of the most creative thinkers from across the University.

Dr. Timp is using the Catalyst funding to advance his studies of DNA modifications and their effect on gene regulation. He is working on the adaptation of a new sequencing technology, nanopore sequencing, to characterize DNA modifications directly, allowing discrimination of different native Dr. Winston Timpmodifications, DNA damage, or even exogenous labels added to DNA for in vitro studies.

Data from this work may allow for easier application of epigenetic studies to clinical work and a deeper understanding of the mechanism of epigenetic regulation. Timp is working with faculty at Johns Hopkins in the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Public Health, and School of Medicine to leverage this new technology, as well as faculty at the University of Toronto. View announcement on the HUB.