Transcriptional regulation by chromatin and RNA polymerase

Sept. 26–30, 2024
Westin Alexandria Old Town, Alexandria, Va.

The fields of transcription biochemistry and molecular biology have become one with chromatin biology and epigenetics with extensive cross-talk. RNA polymerase II and its transcription machinery play an essential role in the modification and remodeling of chromatin; and chromatin regulates gene expression in both normal and pathological conditions. With recent innovations and technological advances in clinical and preclinical research, personalized medicine is becoming a reality, in part because of advances in our understanding of RNA polymerase II. Given this fact, many established and new investigators have taken on the challenge of elucidating the molecular mechanisms of gene expression by RNA polymerase II in the context of chromatin. The community is highly dynamic and multi-disciplinary, with an ever-changing set of focal areas that establish new paradigms and new ways of thinking about the topic. Even after decades of study, this research area continues to advance, reveal new concepts, and bolsters almost every other area of biology.


W. Lee Kraus University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Y. Jessie Zhang University of Texas at Austin
Dylan J. Taatjes University of Colorado Boulder

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Conference information

  • The conference will be held at the Westin Alexandria Old Town, located at 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA.
  • Do not contact the hotel directly to book a room. Accommodations must be selected during the conference registration process.
  • The conference begins Thursday, Sept. 26, around 5 p.m. and concludes Sunday, Sept. 29, around 11 p.m.

Registration and abstracts

  • Registration and abstract submission will open in February 2024.
  • There is no onsite registration; all attendees must be registered prior to arriving at the conference.
  • Registration for the conference is required at the time of abstract submission.
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Health and safety

Mask-wearing and other health and safety measures will be determined based on local, state and venue guidelines and will be communicated to attendees prior to the conference.