Professor of Molecular Haematology



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Research themes:

Stem Cells, Cancer


Description of research

The long term research goal of the Göttgens group is to decipher the molecular hierarchy of regulatory networks responsible for blood stem cell and endothelial development.  To this end, the group uses complementary state-of-the-art approaches including embryonic stem cell and transgenic assays, bioinformatics, high throughput sequencing and mathematical modelling.  The cumulative output of more than 50 research papers over the last 5 years has been the development of the most comprehensive network model for any adult stem cell type with over 40 transcription factors and more than 100 in vivo validated direct functional interactions.

This integrated approach has resulted in the discovery of previously unrecognised combinatorial interactions between key regulators of blood stem cells with important implications for the transcriptional control of stem cell development and differentiation.

The importance of transcriptional control in both normal and leukaemic cells is underlined by the large number of transcription factor genes that cause leukaemia when disrupted or mutated. Future work will address how transcriptional programmes are perturbed in specific subtypes of leukaemia and may thus open up new avenues for the development of targeted therapies.

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Research focus

Keywords: Stem cells, Gene regulation, Genomics

Clinical conditions: Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, Myeloproliferative Neoplasms

Methodologies: Genome scale transcription factor maps (ChIP-Seq), Expression profiling, Bioinformatics, Transcriptional assays, Network modelling

Key Publications

  • Moignard V., Macaulay I.C., Swiers G., Buettner F., Schütte J., Calero-Nieto F.J., Kinston S., Joshi A., Hannah R., Theis F.J., Jacobsen S.E., de Bruijn M.F.T, Göttgens B.  (2013) “Characterisation of transcriptional networks in blood stem and progenitor cells using high-throughput single cell gene expression analysis” Nature Cell Biology 15: 363-372
  • Ruau D., Ng F.S.L., Wilson N.K., Hannah R., Diamanti E., Lombard P., Woodhouse S., Göttgens B. (2013). ”Building an ENCODE style data compendium on a shoestring” Nature Methods 10(10): 926
  • Griffiths D.S., Li J., Dawson M.A., Trotter M., Cheng Y.-H., Smith A.M., Mansfield W., Liu P., Kouzarides T., Nichols J., Bannister A.J., Green A.R., Göttgens B. (2011) “LIF independent JAK signalling to chromatin in embryonic stem cells uncovered from an adult stem cell disease” Nature Cell Biology 13: 13-21
  • Wilson N.K., Foster S.D., Wang X., Knezevic K., Schütte J., Kaimakis P., Chilarska P., Kinston S., Ouwehand W.H., Dzierzak E., Pimanda J.E., de Bruijn M.F., Göttgens B. (2010) “Combinatorial Transcriptional Control in Blood Stem/Progenitor Cells: Genome-wide Analysis of 10 major Transcriptional Regulators” Cell Stem Cell7(4):532-544