The mission of the Transcription Factor Research Resource Center
of the Beckman Institute is to develop, extend and invent new
technologies for working with transcription factors, particularly
on a very small scale.The innovative research that is carried
out in the Center can be divided into two components: (I) affinity
purification and micro sequencing of factors; (ii) computational
models of transcriptional regulatory processes and the development
of the sea urchin genome database. The Research Center also
shares responsibility for the Genomic Technology Facility. The
Facility and the Center are an integrated unit in which advanced
technologies are applied to the molecular biology of gene regulation.
The main research material used in the Center is sea urchin
embryos; these provide enormous technical advantages for transcription
factor research, as reviewed elsewhere on this Site.Requests
for collaborative research focused on transcription regulation
are welcome: please contact Cathy Yuh.