Guttman Lab

Decoding the roles of non-coding RNAs in shaping nuclear structure and gene expression.

We are an integrated team of experimental and computational biologists who work together to understand how nuclear compartments control gene expression programs and cell state decisions. We believe that the strength of our science arises from the diversity of our ideas and experiences. We are committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse laboratory culture and as such welcome students, postdocs, and visiting scholars from all backgrounds to join our group.

Our Lab

We seek to understand fundamental principles of biological regulation within the nucleus. Our team of scientists from diverse backgrounds allows us to approach these questions from a holistic perspective with an integrated strategy. We do not make a clear distinction between experimental and computational projects; our projects are goal-centered and use all tools critical for success. When necessary, we develop new tools to answer questions that were previously inaccessible and apply these tools to decipher new paradigms and improve our understanding of essential biological functions.

In The News


Minds Matter Southern California

This March, Guttman Lab was honored to welcome 22 talented high school students participating in the Minds Matter Southern California program. Our lab members introduced the students to our scientific research and walked them through our microscopy technologies and the full lab bench experience.

Publication: Xist spatially amplifies SHARP/SPEN recruitment to balance chromosome-wide silencing and specificity to the X chromosome

Why are lncRNAs lowly expressed? How can they regulate their more abundant targets? Our latest paper “Xist spatially amplifies SHARP/SPEN recruitment to balance chromosome-wide silencing and specificity to the X chromosome” published in Nature Structural & Molecular Biology explores how these features are balanced to ensure target specificity and robust gene regulation via a spatial amplification mechanism. Read the Paper here

Guttman Lab Retreat 2021

Guttman lab celebrates a happy return to our favorite tradition, the annual lab retreat. This year’s event was held December 10-12 in the mountain town of Lake Arrowhead, California. Lab members presented their work, discussed next year’s goals and opportunities, and drew out a roadmap for another year of research. But that’s not all, we took plenty of time to relax, hike, and make s’mores in this idyllic mountain setting.


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