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Levin, Henry L

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Senior Investigator


Head of the research program that studies the impact and function of transposable elements.





18T CENTER DR Room 106, MSC 5431
Bethesda Md 20892-5431
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Oberlin College, Oberlin




University of California, Berkeley



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Johns Hopkins School of Medicine



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Personal Statement


Henry Levin heads the Section on Eukaryotic Transposable Elements in the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH, which analyzes LTR retrotransposons as a model for the replication of retroviruses. Levin’s studies of LTR retrotransposons in fission yeast identified mechanistic details of particle formation, reverse transcription, and integration.  Recently, the laboratory demonstrated that Tf1 integration occurs primarily at promoters and used ultra-high throughput sequencing to generate a saturated map of sites targeted by Tf1. Dr. Levin has organized several conferences and symposia transposon biology and retrovirus replication.  With in the last year he has been a principal co-organizer for the ASM sponsored International Conference on Mobile DNA and the Retrovirus Meeting held at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories.  In 2009 he edited a special issue of the journal Methods on Transposon Technology and in 2011 he published a review of Transposon Biology in Nature Reviews Genetics. In 2011 Dr. Levin received the NIH Graduate Student Outstanding Mentor Award. 


Publications (PubMed):

Title Authors Publication Date
Epigenetic Regulation of Condensin-Mediated Genome Organization during the Cell Cycle and upon DNA Damage through Histone H3 Lysine 56 Acetylation.Tanaka A,Tanizawa H,Sriswasdi S,Iwasaki O,Chatterjee AG,Speicher DW,Levin HL,Noguchi E,Noma KIMol Cell2012 Oct 17
Dynamic interactions between transposable elements and their hosts.Levin HL,Moran JVNat Rev Genet2011 Aug 18
Comparative functional genomics of the fission yeasts.Rhind N,Chen Z,Yassour M,Thompson DA,Haas BJ,Habib N,Wapinski I,Roy S,Lin MF,Heiman DI,Young SK,Furuya K,Guo Y,Pidoux A,Chen HM,Robbertse B,Goldberg JM,Aoki K,Bayne EH,Berlin AM,Desjardins CA,Dobbs E,Dukaj L,Fan L,FitzGerald MG,French C,Gujja S,Hansen K,Keifenheim D,Levin JZ,Mosher RA,Müller CA,Pfiffner J,Priest M,Russ C,Smialowska A,Swoboda P,Sykes SM,Vaughn M,Vengrova S,Yoder R,Zeng Q,Allshire R,Baulcombe D,Birren BW,Brown W,Ekwall K,Kellis M,Leatherwood J,Levin H,Margalit H,Martienssen R,Nieduszynski CA,Spatafora JW,Friedman N,Dalgaard JZ,Baumann P,Niki H,Regev A,Nusbaum CScience2011 May 20
Determinants that specify the integration pattern of retrotransposon Tf1 in the fbp1 promoter of Schizosaccharomyces pombe.Majumdar A,Chatterjee AG,Ripmaster TL,Levin HLJ Virol2011 Jan
High-throughput sequencing of retrotransposon integration provides a saturated profile of target activity in Schizosaccharomyces pombe.Guo Y,Levin HLGenome Res2010 Feb
The Hermes transposon of Musca domestica and its use as a mutagen of Schizosaccharomyces pombe.Park JM,Evertts AG,Levin HLMethods2009 Nov
The chromodomain of Tf1 integrase promotes binding to cDNA and mediates target site selection.Chatterjee AG,Leem YE,Kelly FD,Levin HLJ Virol2009 Mar
Retrotransposon Tf1 is targeted to Pol II promoters by transcription activators.Leem YE,Ripmaster TL,Kelly FD,Ebina H,Heincelman ME,Zhang K,Grewal SI,Hoffman CS,Levin HLMol Cell2008 Apr 11
The GP(Y/F) domain of TF1 integrase multimerizes when present in a fragment, and substitutions in this domain reduce enzymatic activity of the full-length protein.Ebina H,Chatterjee AG,Judson RL,Levin HLJ Biol Chem2008 Jun 6
Chromodomains direct integration of retrotransposons to heterochromatin.Gao X,Hou Y,Ebina H,Levin HL,Voytas DFGenome Res2008 Mar
Host genome surveillance for retrotransposons by transposon-derived proteins.Cam HP,Noma K,Ebina H,Levin HL,Grewal SINature2008 Jan 24
The hermes transposon of Musca domestica is an efficient tool for the mutagenesis of Schizosaccharomyces pombe.Evertts AG,Plymire C,Craig NL,Levin HLGenetics2007 Dec
Stress management: how cells take control of their transposons.Ebina H,Levin HLMol Cell2007 Jul 20
The self primer of the long terminal repeat retrotransposon Tf1 is not removed during reverse transcription.Atwood-Moore A,Yan K,Judson RL,Levin HLJ Virol2006 Aug
Specific recognition and cleavage of the plus-strand primer by reverse transcriptase.Atwood-Moore A,Ejebe K,Levin HLJ Virol2005 Dec
The integrase of the long terminal repeat-retrotransposon tf1 has a chromodomain that modulates integrase activities.Hizi A,Levin HLJ Biol Chem2005 Nov 25
The long terminal repeat-containing retrotransposon Tf1 possesses amino acids in gag that regulate nuclear localization and particle formation.Kim MK,Claiborn KC,Levin HLJ Virol2005 Aug
Retrotransposons and their recognition of pol II promoters: a comprehensive survey of the transposable elements from the complete genome sequence of Schizosaccharomyces pombe.Bowen NJ,Jordan IK,Epstein JA,Wood V,Levin HLGenome Res2003 Sep
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