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Centre for Epigenetics

The Centre for Epigenetics was established in 2007 as a “Centre of Excellence” funded by The Danish National Research Foundation. The Centre brings together the distinct expertise of five research groups - four of them located at BRIC (Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen) and one at Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (University of Southern Denmark).

Professor Kristian Helin (BRIC) is the director of the centre which has the aim of unveiling basal mechanisms of epigenetic gene regulation fundamental to all eukaryotic organisms.

Central to the research is the histone “code”-hypothesis and the protein complexes that write, translate and erase the code. What are their biological and biochemical functions, and what role do they play in the normal development and disease?