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Kathryn  Huisinga

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Kathryn  Huisinga
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Co-Director of Honors Program, Associate Professor of Biochemistry


  • 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

Teaching Assignments

  • Basic Physiological Chemistry
  • Biochemistry I
  • Biochemistry II/Molecular Biology
  • Genetics

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. 

About Me

I am married to Mike Grau. We live in Akron and have two children, Sam and Ellie. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time outdoors, cooking and playing with my kids and dog.