Ph.D. - Chemistry
Yale University - 1985
A.B. - Chemistry
Columbia University (College) - 1979
Dr. Levene's research interests involve protein-DNA interactions in site-specific recombination and the structure and dynamics of nucleic acids in solution.
Chemical and enzymatic probing methods are powerful techniques for
examining details of sequence-dependent structure in DNA and RNA.
Reagents that cleave nucleic acid molecules in a structure-specific, but
relatively sequence-non-specific manner, such as hydroxyl radical or
DNase I, have been used widely to probe helical geometry in nucleic acid
structures, nucleic acid-drug complexes, and in nucleoprotein
assemblies. Application of cleavage-based techniques to structures
present in superhelical DNA has been hindered by the fact that the
cleavage pattern attributable to supercoiling-dependent structures is
heavily mixed with non-specific cleavage signals that are inevitable
products of multiple cleavage events. We present a rigorous mathematical
procedure for extracting the cleavage pattern specific to supercoiled
DNA and use this method to investigate the hydroxyl radical cleavage
pattern in a cruciform DNA structure formed by a 60 bp inverted repeat
sequence embedded in a negatively supercoiled plasmid. Our results
support the presence of a stem-loop structure in the expected location
and suggest that the helical geometry of the cruciform stem differs from
that of the normal duplex form.
Metzler, R. , Hanke, A., Zhang, Y., and Levene, S.D. Single DNA conformations and biological function. Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience (in press). in press - Publication
Zhang, Y., McEwen, A.E., Crothers, D.M., and Levene, S.D. Statistical-mechanical theory of DNA looping. Biophys. J. 90, 1903-1912 (2006). 2006 - Publication
Vetcher, A.A., Lushnikov, A.Y., Navarra-Madsen, J., Scharein, R.G., Darcy, I.K., Lyubchenko, Y.L., and Levene, S.D. DNA topology and geometry in Flp and Cre recombination. J. Mol. Biol. 357, 1089-1104 (2006). 2006 - Publication
Vetcher, A.A., Srinivasan, S., Vetcher, I.A., Abramov, S.M., Kozlov, M., Baughmann, R.H., and Levene, S.D. Fractionation of SWNT/nucleic acid complexes by agarose gel electrophoresis Nanotechnology 17, 4263-4269 (2006). 2006 - Publication
Zein, S.S. and Levene, S.D. Structural aspects of RecA-dependent homologous strand exchange involving human telomeric DNA. Biochemistry 44, 4817-4828 (2005). 2005 - Publication
You, L. and Levene, S.D. Bulge defects do not destabilize negatively supercoiled DNA. Biophys. J. 89, L43-L45 (2005). 2005 - Publication
27 publications in related fields
Graduate and Postdoctoral Advisors
- Donald M. Crothers (Yale University,
Bruno H. Zimm (UC San Diego, postdoctoral, deceased)
Nicholas R. Cozzarelli (UC Berkeley, postdoctoral, deceased)
Collaborators and Other Affiliations (last 48 mos.)
Crothers, Donald Yale University
Malko, Anton UT-Dallas
Darcy, Isabel Univ. of Iowa
Martinez, Jennifer LANL
Hanke, Andreas UT-Brownsville
Metzler, Ralf TU, München
Lushnikov, Univ. of Nebraska
Pace, Betty UT-Dallas
Alexander School of Medicine
Peterson, Kenneth KU School of Med.
Lyubchenko, Yuri Univ. of Nebraska, School of Medicine
Scharein, Robert Hypnagogic Software
UT Dallas biology professor Stephen D. Levene has been asked to serve on a panel debating the film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. Dr. Levene will speak against the movie’s premise, which accuses academia of unfair bias against educators who espouse the theory of intelligent design. The Dallas Philosopher’s Forum is hosting the discussion at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at the Angelika Mockingbird Theater. It will include an open question-and-answer session. The event is free for forum members and $5 for non-members.
In a new study, UT Dallas researchers outline how they used fluorescent molecules to “tag” DNA and monitor a process called DNA looping, a natural biological mechanism involved in rearranging genetic material in some types of cells.
The UT Dallas “tag and track” method not only sheds light on how DNA loops form, but also might be adapted to screen drugs for effectiveness against certain viruses that shuffle genetic material, such as HIV.
- Ad hoc member, NIH Macromolecular Structure and Function study section (MSFB).
- Editorial Board Member, Journal of Experimental Biology and Medicine.
- Instructor, Summer Institute Program to Increase Diversity (SIPID), an NHLBI-funded training program for underrepresented minority and disabled junior scientists.
- Mentor, Summer Institute of Biomedical Scholars at UT-Dallas (a summer research program for undergraduates and gifted high-school students sponsored by the UT-Dallas Sickle Cell Disease Research Center).
- Affiliated faculty member, UT-Dallas graduate program in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology and graduate program in Biotechnology.
- Research Fellow, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, University of Iowa, 2005. Mathematical Sciences Research Institute/Program
Tangle Analysis of DNA Recombinases and Related Proteins
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