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Congratulations to Dr. Scott Rothbart, a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Brian Strahl’s lab who is one of the recipients this year of a Joseph S. Pagano award

(r-l) Scott Rothbart, PhD; Joseph S. Pagano, MD; Gidi Shemer, PhD; and Angela Wahl, PhD

The Pagano Award was established in 2002 to honor outstanding papers by postdoctoral fellows who are first authors of these papers. Winners are selected through a competitive process and are honored for their authorship of articles in high-impact journals.

The paper authored by Scott Rothbart, PhD, is “Association of UHRF1 with methylated H3K9 directs the maintenance of DNA methylation” published in Nature Structural & Molecular Biology. Dr. Rothbart’s paper explores how a protein called UHRF1 “reads” the histone code in a specific way to perform an important cellular function.

Dr. Rothbart is currently a postdoctoral fellow training in the lab of Dr. Brian Strahl, associate professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Dr. Rothbart’s research focuses on the regulation of chromatin-templated biological processes by the ‘histone code’. Particularly, he is interested in the biochemistry and biology of a chromatin-interacting protein, UHRF1, as a bridging molecule at the interface of histone post-translational modifications and DNA methylation.

Learn more about the other recipients here: