Dr. Geetu Tuteja

Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology
Gregory L. and Kathleen C. Geoffroy Faculty Fellow
Teaches: GEN 349

Our lab is broadly interested in transcriptional regulation, which is directed in part by the binding of sequence-specific transcription factors (TFs) to enhancer regions.   Identifying cell-type specific enhancers is crucial for understanding the genetic architecture underlying development and disease.  Currently we are studying the molecular mechanisms underlying trophoblast invasion, a process that occurs in early placental development and establishes adequate blood flow between mother and fetus.  Defects in trophoblast invasion can lead to a number of disorders, such as preeclampsia, intrauterine growth restriction, and placenta creta.

Area of Expertise: 
Next-Gen Sequencing
Placenta Genomics
B.A. Computer Science, Chemistry minor, Boston University, Boston, MA, 2004
Ph.D. Genomics and Computational Biology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2009
2106 Molecular Biology Building, 2437 Pammel Drive
Iowa State University, Ames