Understanding genome architecture


Magda Bienkos research focuses on understanding the design principles of how DNA is organized in the three-dimensional space of the eukaryotic cell nucleus, with the goal of understanding the interplay between genome organization and gene expression.

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Magda has developed new microscopy and sequencing technologies that enable high-resolution studies of genome architecture at the single-cell level, with the ultimate goal of understanding how certain chromatin topologies translate into specific gene expression profiles.

“DNA, being so chemically simple on the one hand, and supporting such complex biochemical transactions on the other hand, makes it a particularly attractive and challenging molecule to study.” said Magda Bienko.

The fact that SciLifeLab brings together groups from many top scientific institutions and research fields was particularly appealing to her when she applied for the fellows program. Moreover, her research will rely on technologies such as super-resolution microscopy, next-generation sequencing, and microfluidics, which are all well represented at SciLifeLab.

“It would be very hard for me to find in Europe a better research place than SciLifeLab to help me kick-start my independent career in the most effective manner” said Magda Bienko.

What you didn’t know about Magda Bienko: She loves art and painting. She also enjoys to read the Scientific American specialized journal Mind to learn about the secrets of the brain and how it functions. “Yes, it’s true that the brain of a scientist is always at work.” said Magda Bienko.

Research group

December 2014
Camilla Wernersson