PhD defence B. (Barbara) Steurer
- Prof.dr. W. Vermeulen
- Dr. J.A.F. Marteijn
On Tuesday 10 December 2019, B. Steurer will defend her PhD dissertation, entitled: ‘DNA Damage-Induced Transcription Stress. A focus on RNA Polymerase II’.
The integrity of DNA is continuously challenged by genotoxic insults from both endogenous and exogenous origin. Damaged DNA disrupts essential cellular functions such as replication and transcription, and can lead to mutagenesis, senescence, and apoptosis. If unrepaired, these DNA lesion may ultimately contribute to aging, or cause mutations that may give rise to cancer. To counteract these deleterious consequences, cells are equipped with an intricate network of highly regulated processes that orchestrate the recognition and dedicated repair of DNA lesions and the activation of DNA damage-induced cell signaling pathways. In this thesis we investigated the cellular consequences of DNA-damage induced transcription stress, with a special focus on the regulation of RNA polymerase II function after UV irradiation.
The public defence will take place at the Prof. Andries Queridoroom, 3rd floor Education Center, Erasmus MC. The ceremony will begin exactly at 11.30 hrs. In light of the solemn nature of the ceremony, we recommend that you do not take children under the age of 6 to the first part of the ceremony.