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Michael R. Stallcup, Ph.D.

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Michael R. Stallcup, Ph.D., is a Professor and Chair of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, and Professor of Pathology. He is the Co-Leader of the Epigenetics and Regulation Program.

Dr. Stallcup received his B.A. in Chemistry from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut in 1969. He received his doctorate in Biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 1974 and completed postdoctoral training in Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco in 1979.

He began his career on the faculty at the University of South Carolina, joining USC in 1985. In his studies on transcriptional regulation by steroid hormone receptors, he is one of the leading researchers in discovering and characterizing coactivators. Specifically, his research focuses on coactivators that help steroid receptors alter chromatin structure and recruit RNA polymerase to the target genes that are regulated by steroid hormones and their receptors.

His lab discovered the first histone methyltransferase and was the first to demonstrate a role for histone methylation in transcriptional regulation.