Welcome to the laboratory of Cynthia Wolberger, located in the Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry. Our research is focused on the structural and mechanistic basis of transcriptional regulation and ubiquitin signaling. We use a combination of x-ray crystallography, cryo-EM, and a variety of biophysical and biochemical approaches to gain insights into the fundamental mechanisms underlying these processes. Please follow the links on this page to learn more about our research and lab members.

Prospective graduate students should visit the web sites of the Program in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology,  the Program in Molecular Biophysics, or the Chemistry-Biology Interface Program.

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Selected Publications

Morrow ME, Morgan MT, Clerici M, Growkova K, Yan M, Komander D, Sixma TK, Simicek M, Wolberger C. (2018) Active site alanine mutations convert deubiquitinases into high-affinity ubiquitin-binding proteins. EMBO Rep.  pii:e45680. doi: 10.15252/embr.201745680. [Epub ahead of print]

Brickner, Soll , Lombardi , Vågbø , Mudge, Oyeniran, Rabe , Jackson, Sullender, Blazosky, Byrum, Zhao, Corbett, Gécz, Field, Vindigni, Slupphaug, Wolberger, Mosammaparast (2017) A ubiquitin-dependent signalling axis specific for ALKBH-mediated DNA dealkylation repair. Nature 551: 389-393.

Morgan MT, Haj-Yahya M, Ringel AE, Bandi P, Brik A, Wolberger C (2016) Structural basis for histone H2B deubiquitination by the SAGA DUB module. Science 351:725-8.

Ringel AE, Cieniewicz AM, Taverna SD, Wolberger C. (2015) Nucleosome competition reveals processive acetylation by the SAGA HAT module. Proc Nat Acad Sci USA, Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 112:E5461-70.

Wiener W, DiBello AT, Lombardi PM, Guzzo CM, Zhang X, Matunis MJ, Wolberger C (2013) E2 ubiquitin conjugating enzymes regulate the deubiquitinating activity of OTUB1. Nature Structural and Molecular Biology 20:1033-9

 Berndsen CE, Wiener R, Yu IW, Ringel AE, Wolberger C (2013) A conserved asparagine has a structural role in ubiquitin-conjugating enzymes. Nature Chemical Biology 9:154-6.

Wiener R, Zhang X, Wang T, Wolberger C. (2012) The mechanism of OTUB1-mediated inhibition of ubiquitination. Nature 483: 618-22.