Chris Seward

Chris Seward

Graduate Student, CDB


  • B.S, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Rochester 2007-2010
  • Research Assistant, Goldberg Lab, Harvard Medical School, 2008-2009
  • Lab Manager, Dziejman Lab, University of Rochester Medical Center 2010-2013
    • UIUC Cell and Developmental Biology Ph.D. Program 2013-Present
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Current Project

Chris is primarily involved in the Simons Project, which is working to identify the molecular and genomic basis of social behavior.  He is focused on using ChIP-Seq to reveal the genetic regulatory mechanisms essential for social behavior in several species.  He is also working on developing bioinformatic pipelines to integrate diverse ChIP-seq and RNASeq data from this project in order to compare cross-species experimental data.

Past Projects

  • Patterns of variation in archaeal genomes from geothermal environments – Whitaker Lab, UIUC
  • Identifying a Role for Vibrio cholerae T3SS Effector VopX – Dziejman Lab, URMC

Outside the Lab

Chris grew up in Boston, MA and went to college in Rochester, NY.  He enjoys travelling, photography, sailing, skiing, weight training, driving, movies, and tinkering with new technology.  Check out his photography on Flickr.


Transcriptional regulatory dynamics set the stage for a coordinated metabolic and neural response to social threat in mice, in review. 2016

Kelly Miller, Madeline Sofia, Jacob Weaver, Chris Seward, and Michelle Dziejman.  Regulation by ToxR-like proteins converges on vttRB expression to control T3SS-dependent Caco2-BBE cytotoxicity in V. cholerae. Journal of Bacteriology, JB 2016. 00130-16. PubMed

Christopher H. Seward, Alexander Manzella, Ashfaqul Alam, J. Scott Butler and Michelle Dziejman. Using S. cerevisiae as a Model System to Investigate V. cholerae VopX-Host Cell Protein Interactions and PhenotypesToxins 2015, 7(10), 4099-4110; doi:10.3390/toxins7104099

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