Jacqueline Barlow

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UC Davis Genome Center
Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Offices and Labs

315 Briggs Hall (Lab)
(530) 752-6849
313 Briggs Hall (Office)
(530) 752-9529


2008 PhD Genetics and Development Columbia Univeristy
2000 BA Biology Rice University

Research Interests

DNA replication and repair: mapping and characterizing replication-induced fragile sites.

Accurate cell division requires complete duplication of nuclear DNA, providing the daughter cell with a precise copy of the encoded genomic information. For faithful replication, the replication phases of initiation, elongation and termination must be coordinated to copy the nuclear DNA once and only once per cell cycle. Faithful replication must also retain higher order epigenetic components of chromatin that confer transcriptional regulation, three-dimensional organization, and cell identity.

DNA damage can arise as a consequence of replicative stress, a phenomenon that encompasses a wide array of conditions leading to replication fork stalling or collapse. Such defects in replication can lead to DNA damage and inappropriate repair can result in heritable mutations—including point mutations, deletion or duplication events, or chromosomal translocations—all of which are hallmarks of cancer. DNA replication begins with the coordinated association of over 100 proteins onto DNA at starting points -- called origins -- at tens of thousands of distinct genomic sites in mammals. Thus, exogenous drugs or endogenous mutations affecting replication fork initiation or progression could lead to hundreds or event thousands of replication fork problems in a single cell. Replication fork collapse results in a double-strand break (DSB) in the DNA, which requires proteins involved in homologous recombination (HR) for repair of the lesion and subsequent fork restart. By examining HR protein recruitment using chromatin immunoprecipitation followed by high-throughput sequencing (ChIP-Seq), we identified genomic loci that associated with multiple DNA replication and repair factors in response to the replication poison hydroxyurea (HU), and termed these regions early replicating fragile sites or ERFS.

The Barlow lab uses a combination of molecular biology, microscopy and genome-wide sequencing techniques to investigate the molecular and genetic factors that predispose replicating cells DNA damage and genome instability using the mouse immune system as our model. Activated B lymphocytes can have a doubling time as short as 8 hours, suggesting that these rapidly proliferating cells are particularly vulnerable to replicative stress, and may contribute to lymphomagenesis.


2008 Samuel W. Rover and Lewis Rover Award for Genetics and Development, Columbia University
2013 NIH Fellows Award for Research Excellence
2014 National Institutes of Health Career Development Award

Department and Center Affiliations

UC Davis Genome Center
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

CBS Grad Group Affiliations

Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Integrated Genetics and Genomics

Specialties / Focus

Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Cancer Biology
  • Chromosome Dynamics and Nuclear Function
  • DNA Repair
Integrated Genetics and Genomics
  • Chromosome Biology
  • Model Organism Genetics
  • Computational Biology
  • Epigenomics


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  • Barlow, J. H. and Nussenzweig, A. replication initiation and genome instability: a crossroads for DNA and RNA synthesis. Cell Mol Life Sci. 71(23): 4545-59. 2014.

  • Barlow, J.H.*, Faryabi, R. B.*, Callen, E., Wong, N., Malhowski, A., Chen, H.T., Gutierrez-Cruz, G., Sun, H., McKinnon, P., Wright, G., Casellas, R., Robbiani, D.F., Staudt, L., Fernandez-Capetillo, O., and Nussenzweig, A. A novel class of early replicating fragile sites that contribute to genome instability in B cell lymphomas. Cell.152: 620-632, 2013.

  • Bothmer, A., Robbiani, D.F., Di Virgilio, M., Bunting, S.F., Klein, I.A., Feldhahn, N.A., Barlow, J.H., Chen, H., Bosque, D., Callen, E., Nussenzweig, A., and Nussenzweig, M.C. Regulation of DNA End Joining, Resection, and Immunoglobulin Class Switch Recombination by 53BP1. Molecular Cell. 42(3):319-329, 2011.

  • Barlow, J.H. and Rothstein, R. Timing is everything: cell cycle control of Rad52. Cell Division. 5:7, 2010.

  • Barlow, J.H. and Rothstein, R. The B-type cyclins and Mec1 kinase activity regulate Rad52 recruitment in S phase. EMBO Journal. 28(8):1121-30, 2009.

  • Barlow, J.H., Lisby, M. and Rothstein, R. Differential regulation of the cellular response to DNA double-strand breaks in G1.  Molecular Cell. 30:73-85, 2008.

  • Lisby, M., Barlow, J.H., Burgess, R.C., and Rothstein, R. Choreography of the DNA damage response: spatiotemporal relationships among checkpoint and repair proteins. Cell. 118:699-713, 2004.