Department of Animal Science 

UC Davis - The University of California, Davis

Susan E. Swanberg

Susan Swanberg Susan E. Swanberg, Ph.D.
Posdoctoral Scholar
Sponsor: Mary Delany
Start Date:  August 1, 2009
End Date: July 31, 2011

Department of Animal Science
One Shields Avenue
University of California
Davis, CA 95616 USA

Phone: (530) 754-9404
Email: seswanberg@ucdavis.edu  


Ph.D., Genetics, University of California, Davis, 2005
, Biological Science, Sacramento State University, 2000
J.D., Law, University of Oregon School of Law, 1978
B.A., Psychology, University of Oregon, 1975


The role of repetitive elements in the genome has long been a puzzle. Prior dogma asserting that these non-coding DNAs do not produce transcripts has been steadily eroding and it is now well known that many non-coding DNAs are in fact transcribed. Consistent with these findings is the recently rediscovered phenomenon, transcription of non-coding RNAs or TERRA from telomeric DNA. Observed in birds fifteen years ago, transcription of telomeric DNA appears to be conserved as it has also been observed in mammals, fish and yeast. I am currently studying the regulation of telomere length by TERRA, non-coding RNA transcribed from telomeric DNA.

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