Assistant Professor, Emory UniversityBiography
Christopher Scharer received his B.Sc (2004) and Ph.D (2009) from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. During his graduate work he studied the role of oncogenic transcription factors under the mentorship of Dr. Carlos Moreno. In 2009, he joined Dr. Jeremy Boss' laboratory as a Postdoctoral fellow, later progressing to Instructor (2014), and more recently Assistant Professor (2015). In Dr. Boss' lab his research focused on identifying epigenetic mechanisms of T and B cell differentiation. Currently, Dr. Scharer's research focuses on improving and adapting sequencing applications for low cell input numbers, including ATAC-seq, ChIP-seq, Methyl-seq and RNA-seq. He currently leads an effort to integrate these epigenome-mapping technologies to understand normal immune function and autoimmune diseases. Through identifying pathogenic epigenetic signatures using a system's biology approach, he aims to reverse engineer the environmental stimuli that impact human disease and discover novel biomarkers and therapeutic targets.