Laurie A. Boyer, Ph.D., received a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2001. Her work with Craig Peterson focused on dissecting the biochemical mechanisms of chromatin remodeling enzymes. She then joined the laboratories of Rudolf Jaenisch and Rick Young at Whitehead Institute as a postdoctoral fellow.
Dr. Boyer is a pioneer in the development of high-throughput platforms for genome-wide analysis of transcription factor binding sites, as well as histone modifications and chromatin regulators in stem cells. During her postdoctoral studies, she discovered how Oct4, Sox2, and Nanog comprise a core transcriptional regulatory network that controls embryonic stem cell (ESC) pluripotency. She also illuminated a key role for Polycomb group proteins in regulating cell fate decisions during ESC differentiation.
In 2007, she joined the faculty in the Biology Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.