Frederic Chedin

Frederic Chedin

Position Title
Integrative Genetics and Geonomics Graduate Group Chair; Professor

Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Genome Center


Research Interests

R-loop biology in mammals

I am focused on understanding the formation, function, and resolution of R-loop structures, a class of non-B DNA structures formed upon the annealing of an RNA strand to one strand of the DNA duplex. Genome-wide mapping data from my laboratory established that R-loop structures are the most abundant non-B DNA structures in mammalian genomes and suggests that they represent a novel type of cis-acting DNA element. Our main research themes are:

  • Developing and improving genomics technologies to map R-loop formation.
  • Analyzing the relationship between R-loop structures and chromatin states, including histone modifications and DNA methylation.
  • Understanding the mechanisms by which R-loops are formed, sensed, and dynamically resolved.
  •  Elucidating how dysfunctions in R-loop metabolism is linked to human diseases, in particular, neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders.

To address these topics, my group makes use of innovative (epi)genomics tools, mammalian cell culture assays, biochemical assays, proteomic methods, and computational approaches.

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
  • Integrative Genetics and Genomics

Specialties / Focus

  • Chromosome Biology
  • Chromosome Dynamics and Nuclear Function
  • Computational Biology
  • DNA Repair
  • Epigenomics
  • Gene Regulation
  • Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics
  • Human Genetics and Genomics
  • Integrated Genetics and Genomics
  • Molecular Genetics
  • RNA


  • MCB 162 Human Genetics, Fall
  • MCB 214 Molecular Biology, Spring
  • GGG 205 Lab Rotation, Fall-Winter


  • Chedin Lab - 332 Briggs Hall
    • Lionel Sanz: Postdoctoral researcher / Stella Hartono, and John Smolka: graduate students / Staff Research Associate: Xiaoqin Xu / Undergraduate researchers: Kimmey Berg, Abby Lepinsky, Jenna Giafaglione, Tom Schwarz

Honors and Awards

  • Basil O'Connor Starter Research Scholar Award - March of dimes foundation - 2005-2007
  • CONquer CancER Now Award - Concern Foundation - 2006-2008
  • Hartwell Foundation Investigator - 2012-2015

    Professional Societies

    • DNA Methylation Society
    • American Society of Human Genetics


    • 1991 MS DNA repair and recombination University of Paris - France
    • 1995 PhD DNA recombination in Bacteria University of Paris - France


    Lim Y.W., Sanz L., Xu X., Hartono S.R., and Chédin F. (2015). DNA hypomethylation and RNA:DNA hybrid accumulation in Aicardi-Goutières syndrome. eLife. In press

    Yang Y.Z., McBride K., Hensley K., Yue L., Chédin F., and Bedford M.T. (2014). Arginine methylation facilitates the recruitment of TOP3B to chromatin to prevent R-loop accumulation. Molecular Cell. 53(3):484-497.

    Loomis E.W., Sanz L.A., Chédin F., and Hagerman P.J. (2014). Transcription-associated R-loop formation across the human FMR1 CGG-repeat region. PLoS Genetics. 10(4):e1004294

    Powell W. T., Coulson R., Crary F. K., Wong S., Gonzales M. L., Adams S., Yasui D.H., Chédin F., and LaSalle J. M. (2013). Topotecan stabilizes R-loops to inhibit transcription in the Prader-Willi/Angelman imprinted locus. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA; 110(34):13938-13943

    Ginno P. A., Lim Y.W., Lott P., Korf I., and Chédin* F. (2013). GC skew at the 5’ and 3’ Ends of Human Genes Links R-loop Formation to Epigenetic Regulation and Transcription Termination. (2013). Genome Research. 23(10):1590-1600

    Gordon C.A., Hartono S.R., and Chédin* F. (2013) Inactive DNMT3B splice variants modulate de novo DNA methylation. PLoS One 2013 Jul 19;8(7):e69486.

    Ginno P. A., Lott P., Christensen H. C., Korf I., and Chédin* F. (2012) R-loop formation is a distinctive characteristic of unmethylated human CpG islands. Molecular Cell, 45(6):814-825.