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Gregory Copenhaver

  • Ph.D.
  • Professor
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Research interests

meiotic recombination chromosome structure


Gregory P. Copenhaver shares joint appointments as a Professor in the Department of Biology and the Integrative Program for Biological and Genome Sciences (IBGS) at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is also a Distinguished Adjunct Professor at Fudan University in Shanghai. Greg’s research focuses on chromosome dynamics and the mechanisms of inheritance. He is an Associate Member of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, the UNC Center for Bioethics and the Curriculum in Genetics. Greg obtained his BS (with high distinction) from University of California Riverside in 1990 and his PhD in Biology and Biomedical Sciences from the Washington University in St. Louis in 1996. He completed his postdoctoral studies in Genetics at The University of Chicago in 2001. He serves as the Director of Graduate Studies (Biology – MCDB) at UNC and as Editor-in-Chief for the peer-reviewed scientific journal PLOS Genetics. In addition, he co-founded the biotechnology company Chromatin Inc. He has also authored or co-authored numerous research papers including publications in Science, Nature, PLoS Genetics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Nature Genetics.

Co-authors (374)

  • Aurélien Blary
  • Sur Herrera Paredes
  • nurit shoshani-Hechel
  • Willian Gomes
  • Kyuha Choi
  • Andrius Masedunskas


PLOS Genetics


2012 - Present


Associate Editor

2008 - 2013(5 years)

PLOS Genetics

Deputy Editor-in-Chief

2008 - 2012(4 years)

PLOS Genetics

Associate Editor

2007 - 2008(a year)

Publications (5)

  • Arabidopsis RAD51, RAD51C and XRCC3 proteins form a complex and facilitate RAD51 localization on chromosomes for meiotic recombination

    • Su H
    • Cheng Z
    • Huang J
    • et al.
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  • Meiotic recombination gets stressed out: CO frequency is plastic under pressure

    • Modliszewski J
    • Copenhaver G
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  • Methods for Isolating Plant Centromere DNA

  • Plant Artificial Chromosome Compositions and Methods

  • Sequence and analysis of chromosome 2 of the plant Arabidopsis thaliana

    • Lin X
    • Kaul S
    • Rounsley S
    • et al.
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Professional experience


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

July 2016 - Present

Distinguished Adjunct Professor

Fudan University

January 2014 - Present


PLOS Genetics

January 2012 - Present

Director of Graduate Studies

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

January 2008 - Present

Associate Professor

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

January 2008 - June 2016(8 years)

Assistant Professor

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

December 2001 - December 2007(6 years)

Education history


The University of Chicago

January 1996 - January 2001(5 years)


Washington University in St. Louis

January 1990 - January 1996(6 years)


University of California - Riverside

January 1986 - January 1990(4 years)