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Name: Heather Conrad-Webb, PhD
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Biology
Phone: 940-898-2449
Email address:
Description of research activities: The focus of Dr. Conrad-Webb's research is on a polymerase switch in the synthesis of rRNA in yeast. In respiratory deficient strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, rRNA is synthesized by both RNA polymerase I (pol I) and RNA polymerase II (pol II). Dr. Conrad-Webb proposes that pol II synthesizes rRNA during stress conditions as a backup mechanism to ensure that sufficient rRNA is available for cellular function. The long term goal of this research is to understand the significance of rRNA synthesized by pol II and its role in cellular rRNA metabolism.
Keywords: rRNA synthesis, polymerase switch

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