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Mary Gehring


Ph.D. in Plant Biology, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of California, Berkeley, 2005

Current position

Member, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and Assistant Professor of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


  1. Erdmann, R. M., Souza, A. L., Clish, C. B. and Gehring, M. (2014). 5-hydroxymethylcytosine is not present in appreciable quantities in Arabidopsis DNA. G3 (Bethesda) 5(1): 1-8.
  2. Pignatta, D., Erdmann, R. M., Scheer, E., Picard, C. L., Bell, G. W. and Gehring, M. (2014). Natural epigenetic polymorphisms lead to intraspecific variation in Arabidopsis gene imprinting. Elife 3: e03198.
  3. Waters, A. J., Bilinski, P., Eichten, S. R., Vaughn, M. W., Ross-Ibarra, J., Gehring, M. and Springer, N. M. (2013). Comprehensive analysis of imprinted genes in maize reveals allelic variation for imprinting and limited conservation with other species. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 110(48): 19639-19644.
  4. Gehring, M. (2013). Genomic imprinting: insights from plants. Annu Rev Genet 47: 187-208.
  5. Pignatta, D. and Gehring, M. (2012). Imprinting meets genomics: new insights and new challenges. Curr Opin Plant Biol 15(5): 530-535.
  6. Waters, A. J., Makarevitch, I., Eichten, S. R., Swanson-Wagner, R. A., Yeh, C. T., Xu, W., Schnable, P. S., Vaughn, M. W., Gehring, M. and Springer, N. M. (2011). Parent-of-origin effects on gene expression and DNA methylation in the maize endosperm. Plant Cell 23(12): 4221-4233.
  7. Gehring, M., Missirian, V. and Henikoff, S. (2011). Genomic analysis of parent-of-origin allelic expression in Arabidopsis thaliana seeds. PLoS One 6(8): e23687.
  8. Gehring, M., Bubb, K. L. and Henikoff, S. (2009). Extensive demethylation of repetitive elements during seed development underlies gene imprinting. Science 324(5933): 1447-1451.
  9. Gehring, M., Reik, W. and Henikoff, S. (2009). DNA demethylation by DNA repair. Trends Genet 25(2): 82-90.
  10. Gehring, M. and Henikoff, S. (2008). DNA methylation and demethylation in Arabidopsis. Arabidopsis Book 6: e0102.
  11. Gehring, M. and Henikoff, S. (2007). DNA methylation dynamics in plant genomes. Biochim Biophys Acta 1769(5-6): 276-286.
  12. Zilberman, D., Gehring, M., Tran, R. K., Ballinger, T. and Henikoff, S. (2007). Genome-wide analysis of Arabidopsis thaliana DNA methylation uncovers an interdependence between methylation and transcription. Nat Genet 39(1): 61-69.
  13. Gehring, M., Huh, J. H., Hsieh, T. F., Penterman, J., Choi, Y., Harada, J. J., Goldberg, R. B. and Fischer, R. L. (2006). DEMETER DNA glycosylase establishes MEDEA polycomb gene self-imprinting by allele-specific demethylation. Cell 124(3): 495-506.
  14. Gehring, M., Choi, Y. and Fischer, R. L. (2004). Imprinting and seed development. Plant Cell 16 Suppl: S203-213.
  15. Xiao, W., Gehring, M., Choi, Y., Margossian, L., Pu, H., Harada, J. J., Goldberg, R. B., Pennell, R. I. and Fischer, R. L. (2003). Imprinting of the MEA Polycomb gene is controlled by antagonism between MET1 methyltransferase and DME glycosylase. Dev Cell 5(6): 891-901.
  16. Choi, Y., Gehring, M., Johnson, L., Hannon, M., Harada, J. J., Goldberg, R. B., Jacobsen, S. E. and Fischer, R. L. (2002). DEMETER, a DNA glycosylase domain protein, is required for endosperm gene imprinting and seed viability in arabidopsis. Cell 110(1): 33-42.
  17. Laskowski, M. J., Dreher, K. A., Gehring, M. A., Abel, S., Gensler, A. L. and Sussex, I. M. (2002). FQR1, a novel primary auxin-response gene, encodes a flavin mononucleotide-binding quinone reductase. Plant Physiol 128(2): 578-590.
Protocols by Mary Gehring
  1. Whole Genome Bisulfite Sequencing and DNA Methylation Analysis from Plant Tissue