Mark Fitzgerald

Human Embryonic Stem Cell Biology/Epigenetics


My fascination with stem cells led me to the Stein/Lian lab where I began working with human embryonic stem cells and looking at epigenetic regulation in the pluripotent cell cycle. I’ve since transitioned to breast cancer research, and my thesis work is focused on breast cancer stem cells (BCSCs). I’m interested in elucidating epigenetic mechanisms that govern stemness in the BCSC population. When I’m not in lab I enjoy hiking, biking, swimming, snowshoeing, and snowboarding.

Research Description

My home is in the Stein/Lian Laboraroty where I work closely with Dr. Rodrigo Grandy. My current research focuses on the epigenetics of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs). Specifically, we are elucidating unique epigenetic signatures of the human pluripotent cell cycle in order to understand the molecular mechanisms governing pluripotency and lineage commitment. An indepth understanding of exactly how hESCs maintain the pluripotent state and give rise to virtually every cell of the human body is essential for advancing the fields of regenerative medicine, wound healing, and disease modeling.

Contact Info

(802) 656-9677

Office: E209 E Given

Lab: E209 Given


   Gary Stein, Ph.D.

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