Molly Megraw

Associate Professor
megrawm [at]

Office: 541-737-1118

Cordley Hall

Cordley Hall 3044/3054/3060

2701 SW Campus Way

2701 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331

Transcription Factors, microRNAs, machine learning, Arabidopsis

  • The overall scientific goal of my lab is to understand how small RNAs and Transcription Factors work together in living cells. Our current research focus is on the analysis of over-represented microRNA-Transcription-Factor regulatory structures using Arabidopsis as a model organism. This work includes both computational and wet lab components to elucidate regulatory regions on a genome-wide scale. Both portions of the lab will address questions such as the following: Where are the transcription start sites of protein coding genes and noncoding RNAs? What are the functional cis-regulatory elements in their promoter regions? Can we learn to predict and understand these elements from data by using appropriate computational methods? Can we use these ideas to discover and reliably predict small genetic circuits that are functioning in an organism for a specific purpose (e.g. to generate a "pulse" of a gene as a developmental timing event, or to enforce a particular spatial pattern within a multicellular organism)?

Research group

Post-doctoral Research Scholar

  • Jason Cumbie

Rotation Graduate Students

  • Mitra Ansariola (PhD, MCB)
  • Taj Morton (MS, Computer Science)

Undergraduate Students

  • Spencer Kisler, Microbiology
  • Shashank Bathula, Biology Program

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