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MIT Assistant Professor of Physics Ibrahim Cissé studies single molecule behavior of enzyme clusters that enable gene copying and protein production within living cells. Photo, Denis Paiste, Materials Processing CenterMIT Assistant Professor of Physics Ibrahim Cissé studies single molecule behavior of enzyme clusters that enable gene copying and protein production within living cells. Photo, Denis Paiste, Materials Processing Center

Uncovering Genetic Secrets

MIT Physics Assistant Professor Ibrahim Cissé probes formation of enzyme clusters that enable gene copying and protein production within living cells.

Denis Paiste | MIT Materials Processing Center
September 2, 2015

Cells for our skin, hair or nails share DNA that is the same or nearly identical, yet slight differences in which genes are expressed from that DNA give each cell its unique characteristics. MIT Assistant Professor of Physics Ibrahim Cissé is studying how a specialized enzyme called RNA polymerase II controls this gene expression.