INSTITUTION AND LOCATION
FIELD OF STUDY
Oberlin College, Oberlin
University of California, Berkeley
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
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.