Drs. Simon Gregory and Beth Sullivan at the inaugural DEEP Colloquium in 2011.

How did the DEEP begin?
The Duke Epigenetics and Epigenomics Program (DEEP) was conceived in 2011 by Drs. Simon Gregory and Beth Sullivan who, together with fellow researchers Drs. Susan Murphy, Anne West and Sally Kornbluth, envisioned a community of Duke researchers who share common interests in sequence-independent (epigenetic) mechanisms and genome-scale analyses of epigenetic phenomena (epigenomics).

What is the goal of DEEP?

DEEP aims to build and maintain an epigenetics/epigenomics community at Duke that includes experimental and quantitative scientists, with the three-fold goal of identifying new fields of research, characterizing solutions to existing problems, and addressing challenges in the field.

In the years since its inception, DEEP has successfully coalesced the cadre of world-class Duke scientists in the fields of epigenetics and epigenomics. This has been accomplished through annual colloquia, mini symposiums, monthly meetings and Journal Clubs, and most recently the installation of a Duke Epigenetics Seminar Series. Altogether these efforts have created a cohesive group of invested scientists and an environment that fosters collaborations, provides a means of sharing data, techniques and computational methodologies, and promotes the development of innovative new approaches to the burgeoning fields of epigenetics and epigenomics research.

Who will benefit from DEEP?
DEEP is for trainees and faculty across the various epigenetic and epigenomic disciplines in both basic and translational sciences at Duke who are interested in a learning and collaborative environment. The DEEP is open to trainees and principal investigators for which epigenetics and/or epigenomics is their primary area of research or is part of their broader research agenda.

The DEEP provides a fertile environment for the growth of collaborative research and program grants, and to make researchers within Duke aware of the tremendous resources that currently exist within their reach.


(Photos of the 2011 DEEP Colloquium Poster Session)