Dr. Lisa J Stubbs



  • B.S. University of Puget Sound (Biology)
  • Ph.D. University of California, San Diego (Biology)
  • Postdoc. California Institute of Technology, Pasadena CA; European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany

Research Interests

The Stubbs Lab is interested in the mechanisms of gene regulation, especially long-range regulatory mechanisms, and on the phenotypic impact of variation in these mechanisms at the individual and species levels. We are particular interested in the development and adult plasticity of tissues with the highest levels of intra- and interspecies diversity – especially the brain. To investigate the mechanisms underlying this diversity, we combine comparative genomics, mouse genetics, high-resolution imaging, chromatin-based methods, and bioinformatics analysis, with the goal of linking regulatory variation to specific morphological and behavioral traits.

Our current research is focused on:

  • Investigating the regulatory functions of transcription factor genes and networks associated with brain development and adult brain plasticity
  • Identifying conserved and species-variant components of the mammalian regulatory machinery, especially those components controlling brain development and adaptive brain plasticity in adults.  We are particularly interested in how variation in these genetic factors translates into behavioral differences.
  • Investigating the mechanisms through which disruption of conserved “gene neighborhoods, through genome rearrangements and other types of regulatory mutations, contributes to the complex genetics of brain development, behavior, and neurological disease.

To find out more about areas of ongoing research in my lab, browse the science section or download our most recent publications.

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Contact Information:
Institute for Genomic Biology Rm 2402/2500
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Office: (217) 244-4000
Fax: (217) 244-1781
Lab: (217) 244-1606

Mailing Address:

Dept of Cell and Developmental Biology
University of Illinois B107
601 S. Goodwin Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801

Email Lisa

ljstubbs [at] illinois [dot] edu