Nelson Lau, PhD

Associate Professor, Biochemistry

Nelson Lau
72 East Concord Street

Other Positions

  • Director, Genome Science Institute, Boston University School of Medicine


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD
  • State University of New York at Albany, BS

Classes Taught


  • Published on 8/24/2017

    Clark JP, Rahman R, Yang N, Yang LH, Lau NC. Drosophila PAF1 Modulates PIWI/piRNA Silencing Capacity. Curr Biol. 2017 Sep 11; 27(17):2718-2726.e4. PMID: 28844648.

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  • Published on 12/28/2016

    Toombs JA, Sytnikova YA, Chirn GW, Ang I, Lau NC, Blower MD. Xenopus Piwi proteins interact with a broad proportion of the oocyte transcriptome. RNA. 2017 Apr; 23(4):504-520. PMID: 28031481.

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  • Published on 10/14/2016

    Madison-Villar MJ, Sun C, Lau NC, Settles ML, Mueller RL. Small RNAs from a Big Genome: The piRNA Pathway and Transposable Elements in the Salamander Species Desmognathus fuscus. J Mol Evol. 2016 Oct; 83(3-4):126-136. PMID: 27743003.

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  • Published on 11/20/2015

    Chirn GW, Rahman R, Sytnikova YA, Matts JA, Zeng M, Gerlach D, Yu M, Berger B, Naramura M, Kile BT, Lau NC. Conserved piRNA Expression from a Distinct Set of piRNA Cluster Loci in Eutherian Mammals. PLoS Genet. 2015 Nov; 11(11):e1005652. PMID: 26588211.

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  • Published on 11/17/2015

    Rahman R, Chirn GW, Kanodia A, Sytnikova YA, Brembs B, Bergman CM, Lau NC. Unique transposon landscapes are pervasive across Drosophila melanogaster genomes. Nucleic Acids Res. 2015 Dec 15; 43(22):10655-72. PMID: 26578579.

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  • Published on 10/21/2014

    Post C, Clark JP, Sytnikova YA, Chirn GW, Lau NC. The capacity of target silencing by Drosophila PIWI and piRNAs. RNA. 2014 Dec; 20(12):1977-86. PMID: 25336588.

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  • Published on 9/29/2014

    Sytnikova YA, Rahman R, Chirn GW, Clark JP, Lau NC. Transposable element dynamics and PIWI regulation impacts lncRNA and gene expression diversity in Drosophila ovarian cell cultures. Genome Res. 2014 Dec; 24(12):1977-90. PMID: 25267525.

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  • Published on 6/8/2014

    Arnold CD, Gerlach D, Spies D, Matts JA, Sytnikova YA, Pagani M, Lau NC, Stark A. Quantitative genome-wide enhancer activity maps for five Drosophila species show functional enhancer conservation and turnover during cis-regulatory evolution. Nat Genet. 2014 Jul; 46(7):685-92. PMID: 24908250.

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  • Published on 1/8/2014

    Ghiretti AE, Moore AR, Brenner RG, Chen LF, West AE, Lau NC, Van Hooser SD, Paradis S. Rem2 is an activity-dependent negative regulator of dendritic complexity in vivo. J Neurosci. 2014 Jan 08; 34(2):392-407. PMID: 24403140.

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  • Published on 1/1/2014

    Matts JA, Sytnikova Y, Chirn GW, Igloi GL, Lau NC. Small RNA library construction from minute biological samples. Methods Mol Biol. 2014; 1093:123-36. PMID: 24178561.

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