Julie Ahringer

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Dr. Julie Ahringer
Born Julie Ann Ahringer
Fields Developmental Biology
Institutions Gurdon Institute
University of Cambridge
Laboratory of Molecular Biology
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Alma mater University of Wisconsin–Madison
Thesis Posttranscriptional regulation offem-3, a sex-determining gene of Caenorhabditis elegans (1991)
Doctoral advisor Judith Kimble
Known for RNA interference[1]
Caenorhabditis elegans[2][3][4][5][6]
Notable awards EMBO member (2003)
FMedSci (2007)
Crick Lecture (2004)
Spouse Richard Durbin[7]

Dr. Julie Ann Ahringer FMedSci is a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow at the Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge.[8][9][10][11]


Ahringer completed her PhD at the University of Wisconsin–Madison while working with Judith Kimble.[12][13][14] She carried out postdoctoral research at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge with John White.[15]


Ahringer became a group leader in the Department of Genetics in Cambridge in 1996, then moved to the Gurdon Institute in 1998. Her work involved carrying out the first systematic inactivation of the majority of genes in Caenorhabditis elegans by constructing and screening a genome-wide RNAi library. Ahringer's current research group studies the regulation of chromatin structure and the developmental function in transcription and post-transcriptional events using the nematode C. elegans as a model to address different areas of basic biology. The Ahringer Lab research is funded by the Wellcome Trust.[16]

Honours and awards[edit]

Ahringer was elected a member of European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) in 2003 and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2007, and she delivered the Francis Crick lecture prize of the Royal Society in 2004.[17] She is the member of the Scientific Advisory Board along with many other eminent scientists[18]

Personal life[edit]

Ahringer is married to Richard Durbin, with whom she has two children.[7]


  1. ^ Qu, W.; Ren, C.; Li, Y.; Shi, J.; Zhang, J.; Wang, X.; Hang, X.; Lu, Y.; Zhao, D.; Zhang, C. (2011). "Reliability analysis of the Ahringer Caenorhabditis elegans RNAi feeding library: A guide for genome-wide screens". BMC Genomics 12: 170. doi:10.1186/1471-2164-12-170. PMC 3087708. PMID 21453524.  edit
  2. ^ Kamath, R.; Fraser, A.; Dong, Y.; Poulin, G.; Durbin, R.; Gotta, M.; Kanapin, A.; Le Bot, N.; Moreno, S.; Sohrmann, M.; Welchman, D. P.; Zipperlen, P.; Ahringer, J. (2003). "Systematic functional analysis of the Caenorhabditis elegans genome using RNAi". Nature 421 (6920): 231–237. doi:10.1038/nature01278. PMID 12529635.  edit
  3. ^ Ahringer, J.; Kamath, A. G.; Zipperlen, R. S.; Martinez-Campos, P.; Sohrmann, M.; Ahringer, M. (2000). "Functional genomic analysis of C. Elegans chromosome I by systematic RNA interference". Nature 408 (6810): 325–330. doi:10.1038/35042517. PMID 11099033.  edit
  4. ^ Murphy, C. T.; McCarroll, S. A.; Bargmann, C. I.; Fraser, A.; Kamath, R. S.; Ahringer, J.; Li, H.; Kenyon, C. (2003). "Genes that act downstream of DAF-16 to influence the lifespan of Caenorhabditis elegans". Nature 424 (6946): 277–283. doi:10.1038/nature01789. PMID 12845331.  edit
  5. ^ Ashrafi, K.; Chang, F. Y.; Watts, J. L.; Fraser, A. G.; Kamath, R. S.; Ahringer, J.; Ruvkun, G. (2003). "Genome-wide RNAi analysis of Caenorhabditis elegans fat regulatory genes". Nature 421 (6920): 268–272. doi:10.1038/nature01279. PMID 12529643.  edit
  6. ^ Lee, S. S.; Lee, R. Y. N.; Fraser, A. G.; Kamath, R. S.; Ahringer, J.; Ruvkun, G. (2002). "A systematic RNAi screen identifies a critical role for mitochondria in C. Elegans longevity". Nature Genetics 33 (1): 40–48. doi:10.1038/ng1056. PMID 12447374.  edit
  7. ^ a b "DURBIN, Richard Michael". Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press. (subscription required)
  8. ^ Ahringer Lab. "The regulation of chromatin structure in c Elegans". 
  9. ^ Julie Ahringer from the Scopus bibliographic database.
  10. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
  11. ^ Pocock, R.; Ahringer, J.; Mitsch, M.; Maxwell, S.; Woollard, A. (2004). "A regulatory network of T-box genes and the even-skipped homologue vab-7 controls patterning and morphogenesis in C. Elegans". Development 131 (10): 2373–2385. doi:10.1242/dev.01110. PMID 15102704.  edit
  12. ^ Ahringer, Julie Ann (1991). Posttranscriptional regulation offem-3, a sex-determining gene of Caenorhabditis elegans (PhD thesis). University of Wisconsin–Madison. 
  13. ^ Ahringer, J.; Rosenquist, T. A.; Lawson, D. N.; Kimble, J. (1992). "The Caenorhabditis elegans sex determining gene fem-3 is regulated post-transcriptionally". The EMBO journal 11 (6): 2303–2310. PMC 556697. PMID 1376249.  edit
  14. ^ Ahringer, J.; Kimble, J. (1991). "Control of the sperm–oocyte switch in Caenorhabditis elegans hermaphrodites by the fem-3 3′ untranslated region". Nature 349 (6307): 346–348. doi:10.1038/349346a0. PMID 1702880.  edit
  15. ^ Malone, C. J.; Misner, L.; Le Bot, N.; Tsai, M. C.; Campbell, J. M.; Ahringer, J.; White, J. G. (2003). "The C. Elegans hook protein, ZYG-12, mediates the essential attachment between the centrosome and nucleus". Cell 115 (7): 825–836. doi:10.1016/S0092-8674(03)00985-1. PMID 14697201.  edit
  16. ^ http://www.gurdon.cam.ac.uk/~ahringerlab
  17. ^ , http://royalsociety.org/events/2004/genes-worms-genetics
  18. ^ MRC. "Scientific Advisory Board".