Michael R. Stallcup, Ph.D. received his B.A. at Yale University, his Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley, and did his postdoctoral training at the University of California at San Francisco. He began his career on the faculty at the University of South Carolina, joining USC in 1985 where he is a professor and chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He serves as co-leader with Dr. Peter Laird of the Epigenetics and Regulation Program. In his studies on transcriptional regulation by steroid hormone receptions, 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.