ZFIN ID: ZDB-LAB-161220-1
Black Lab
PI/Director: Black, Brian
Contact Person: Okpo, Kachim
Email: onyekachim.okpo@ucsf.edu
URL: http://www.cvri.ucsf.edu/~bblack/
Address: Cardiovascular Research Institute University of California, San Francisco Mail Code 3120 Smith Cardiovascular Research Building 555 Mission Bay Blvd., South San Francisco, CA 94143
Country: United States
Phone: +1 415-502-7591
Line Designation: sfc

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Tissues and organs form during embryonic development through the integration of numerous signaling and transcriptional pathways. Our major goal is to define pathways controlling organ formation to understand normal development, the molecular basis for congenital and other genetic defects, and potential mechanisms for organ regeneration and repair. We use a combination of gene knockouts, transgenic reporter assays, biochemical, computational, and genomic approaches to investigate basic developmental mechanisms. We primarily use the mouse as a model system, but several current projects also use cultured cells, zebrafish, and Drosophila as models to understand developmental gene regulation. Current work in the lab is focused primarily on cell autonomous mechanisms underlying gene regulation, tissue specification, organ formation and metabolic control during cardiovascular, craniofacial, neural crest, and skeletal muscle development and function.

Celona, Barbara Post-Doc Okpo, Kachim Administrative Staff

Galang, G., Mandla, R., Ruan, H., Jung, C., Sinha, T., Stone, N.R., Wu, R.S., Mannion, B.J., Allu, P.K., Chang, K., Rammohan, A., Shi, M.B., Pennacchio, L.A., Black, B.L., Vedantham, V. (2020) ATAC-seq Reveals an Isl1 Enhancer that Regulates Sinoatrial Node Development and Function. Circulation research. 127(12):1502-1518
Overman, J., Fontaine, F., Moustaqil, M., Mittal, D., Sierecki, E., Sacilotto, N., Zuegg, J., Robertson, A.A., Holmes, K., Salim, A.A., Mamidyala, S., Butler, M.S., Robinson, A.S., Lesieur, E., Johnston, W., Alexandrov, K., Black, B.L., Hogan, B.M., Val, S., Capon, R.J., Carroll, J.S., Bailey, T.L., Koopman, P., Jauch, R., Smyth, M.J., Cooper, M.A., Gambin, Y., Francois, M. (2017) Pharmacological targeting of the transcription factor SOX18 delays breast cancer in mice. eLIFE. 6
Aoto, K., Sandell, L.L., Butler Tjaden, N.E., Yuen, K.C., Watt, K.E., Black, B.L., Durnin, M., Trainor, P.A. (2015) Mef2c-F10N enhancer driven β-galactosidase (LacZ) and Cre recombinase mice facilitate analyses of gene function and lineage fate in neural crest cells. Developmental Biology. 402:3-16