His committee was Joshua Socolar (Physics), Gleb Finkelstein (Physics), Berndt Mueller (Physics), Xinnian Dong (Biology), and Nicolas Buchler (Physics & Biology). Here’s a picture of Sargis with Armenian brandy (after the thesis).
Our lab was out in full force at the Ninth q-bio Conference in Blacksburg, Virginia.
- Heungwon Park, “A synthetic oscillator couples to the cell division cycle in budding yeast” [talk]
- Sargis Karapetyan “Redox rhythms reinforce the plant circadian clock” [poster]
- Tony Burnetti “The yeast metabolic cycle is coupled to cell division cycle Start across diverse strains” [poster].
This paper combined experiment and theory to demonstrate that newly discovered circadian redox rhythms regulate the plant circadian clock through NPR1, a master immune regulator. Sargis Karapetyan developed a mathematical model of the plant circadian clock to uncover new regulatory links (red arrows). We learned that NPR1 activates the expression of key circadian clock genes (TOC1, PRR7, LHY) in a “balanced” fashion, such that the amplitude is boosted with no change in period or phase during acute redox perturbation. This was a fun and productive collaboration with the Dong lab. Read more about it here on the Duke Today website.
Zhou M, Wang W, Karapetyan S, Mwimba M, Marques J, Buchler NE, Dong X. Redox rhythm reinforces circadian clock to gate immune response. Nature 523: 472 (2015)