Chris Bradfield, Ph.D.

Title
Professor
Department
Department of Oncology
Institution
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Address
1400 University Avenue
City, State, Zip
Madison, WI 53706
Phone
(608) 262-2024
E-mail
bradfield[at]oncology.wisc.edu
Website
http://mcardle.oncology.wisc.edu/bradfield
Research Field
Genetics
Award Year
1992

Research

Our laboratory is interested in a family of transcriptional regulators known as PAS proteins. Members of this emerging family of proteins control a number of processes, including xenobiotic metabolism (Ah-receptor and Arnt), circadian rhythms (Per), angiogenesis (HIF1a and Arnt), and neurogenesis (Sim). To understand these proteins and their signal transduction pathways, we are focusing on the characterization of the Ah-receptor/Arnt pathway in genetically manipulable organisms such as mice and yeast. We use yeast genetics as a method to identify genes that are required for signaling. In addition, the yeast system is proving valuable in modifier screens to identify novel components of the dioxin signaling pathway. Experiments in the murine system help us to understand the physiological function of these proteins, as well as to identify new members of the PAS family. Current areas of interest include the use of gene-targeting to generate informative bHLH-PAS loci and the use of more classical transgenic approaches to construct murine models that will help us characterize the mechanisms that underlie the toxicological and developmental effects of halogenated aromatics like dioxin.