Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
I am married to Mike Grau. We live in Akron and have one son. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time outdoors, cooking, playing with my son & dog reading, and watching sports.
- B.S., Biochemistry, with honors from University of Iowa
- Ph.D., Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology, The Pennsylvania State University
2005-2011: Postdoctoral Fellow- Washington University, Heterochromatin formation in Drosophila melanogaster; Mentor: Sarah Elgin
2010-2011: Adjunct Faculty- Science & Mathematics Department, Maryville University, Courses taught: Chem103L- General Chemistry I Laboratory (Fa2010) & Biol354- Immunology (Sp2011)
1997-1999: Research Technician- University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA; Molecular and genetic regulation of transvection at the yellow gene in Drosophila melanogaster; Mentor: Pamela Geyer
- Basic Physiological Chemistry
- Biochemistry I
- Biochemistry II/Molecular Biology
Recent Scholarly Work
Huisinga KL, Leung W, Shimonovich S, McDaniel S, Figueroa-Clarevega A, and Elgin SCR. Transposable element 1360 can target P element reporters into heterochromatic domains and enhance PEV at a subset of locations (In preparation).
Brower-Toland B, Riddle NC, Jiang H, Huisinga KL, Elgin SCR. Multiple SET methyltransferases are required to maintain normal heterochromatin domains in the genome of Drosophila melanogaster. Genetics. 2009 Apr; 181:1303-19
Huisinga KL, Elgin SCR. Small RNA directed heterochromatin formation in the context of development: what flies might learn from fission yeast. BBA Gene Regulatory Mechanisms, 2009 Jan; 1789:3-16.
Huisinga KL, Pugh BF. A TATA binding protein regulatory network that governs transcription complex assembly. Genome Biol. 2007 Apr 2; 8(4):R46
Huisinga KL, Brower-Toland B, Elgin SCR. The Contradictory Definitions of Heterochromatin: Transcription and Silencing. Chromosoma. 2006 April; 115:110-22.
Huisinga KL, Pugh BF. A genome-wide housekeeping role for TFIID and a highly regulated stress-related role for SAGA in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Molecular Cell. 2004 Feb 27; 13:573-85.