Michael Boddy, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Molecular Medicine
California Campus


Scripps Research Joint Appointments

Faculty, Graduate Program

Research Focus

DNA Repair and the Maintenance of Genomic Stability

Our laboratory uses the genetically tractable fission yeast as a model system to study proteins involved in the maintenance of genomic stability. Loss of genomic integrity is causally associated with cancer and other diseases. The pathways that we study are highly conserved across species and thus provide a valuable framework for analysis of the analogous human pathways.

Currently we are studying functional interactions between proteins of the DNA repair and replication checkpoint systems. The replication checkpoint senses replication perturbations and coordinates cellular responses such as cell-cycle arrest, replication fork-stabilization and DNA repair. The enforcer of the replication checkpoint is a kinase called Cds1 (Human Chk2). The way in which Cds1 arrests cell-cycle progression when replication is blocked has been worked out in some detail. However, little is known about the targets of Cds1 that are important for replication fork stability and DNA repair. We have identified novel DNA repair factors that are regulated via Cds1-dependent phosphorylation. We are currently determining the precise molecular function(s) of these DNA repair proteins so that we can understand how their regulation by Cds1 mitigates genome damage.


Ph.D., King's College London, 1996

Professional Experience

2013-2017 Associate Professor, Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB), Scripps Research
2007-2012 Associate Professor, Molecular Biology, Scripps Research
2002-2007 Assistant Professor, Molecular Biology, Scripps Research
1997-2002 Research Associate, Molecular Biology, Scripps Research

Awards & Professional Activities

Scholar of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Selected References

All Publications

For a complete list of publications: http://www.scripps.edu/boddy/publications.html

Groocock LM., Nie M., Prudden J., Moiani D., Wang T., Cheltsov A., Rambo RP., Arvai AS., Hitomi C., Tainer JA., Luger K., Perry JJ., Denchi-EL., Boddy MN.  RNF4 Interacts with both Small Ubiquitin-Like Modifier and Nucleosomes to Promote the DNA Damage Response.  EMBO Rep.; (in press), 2014.

Zilio N., Wehrkamp-Richter S., Boddy M.N.  (2012) A new versatile system for rapid control of gene expression in the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe. Yeast. 29(10):425-434.  PMCID: 3478897.

Wehrkamp-Richter S., Hyppa R.W., Prudden J., Smith G.R., Boddy M.N.  (2012) Meiotic DNA joint molecule resolution depends on Nse5-Nse6 of the Smc5-Smc6 holocomplex. Nucleic acids research. 40(19):9633-9646.  PMCID: 3479181

Nie M., Aslanian A., Prudden J., Heideker J., Vashisht A.A., Wohlschlegel J.A., Yates J.R., 3rd, Boddy M.N. (2012) Dual recruitment of Cdc48 (p97)-Ufd1-Npl4 ubiquitin-selective segregase by small ubiquitin-like modifier protein (SUMO) and ubiquitin in SUMO-targeted ubiquitin ligase-mediated genome stability functions. J Biol Chem. 287(35):29610-29619.  PMCID: 3436128.

Groocock LM, Prudden J, Perry JJ, Boddy MN. (2012) RecQ4 Orthologue Hrq1 is Critical for DNA Interstrand Crosslink Repair and Genome Stability in Fission Yeast. Mol. Cell. Biol.; 32(2):276-287.

Prudden J, Perry JJ, Nie M, Vashisht AA, Arvai AS, Hitomi C, Guenther G, Wohlschlegel JA, Tainer JA, Boddy MN. (2011) DNA repair and global sumoylation are regulated by distinct ubc9 noncovalent complexes. Mol. Cell. Biol.; 31(11):2299-2310.

Heideker J, Prudden J, Perry JJ, Tainer JA, Boddy MN. (2011) SUMO-Targeted Ubiquitin Ligase, Rad60, and Nse2 SUMO Ligase Suppress Spontaneous Top1-Mediated DNA Damage and Genome Instability. PLoS Genet; 7(3):e1001320.

Prudden J, Perry JJ, Arvai AS, Tainer JA, Boddy MN. (2009) Molecular mimicry of SUMO promotes DNA repair. Nature Struct Mol Biol; 16(5):509-516. PMC2711901.
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Pebernard S, Schaffer L, Campbell D, Head SR, Boddy MN. (2008) Localization of Smc5/6 to centromeres and telomeres requires heterochromatin and SUMO, respectively. EMBO J; 27(22):3011-3023. PMC2585169.

Pebernard S, Perry JJ, Tainer JA, Boddy MN. (2008) Nse1 RING-like domain supports functions of the Smc5-Smc6 holocomplex in genome stability. Mol. Biol. Cell; 19(10):4099-4109. PMC2555936.

Prudden J, Pebernard S, Raffa G, Slavin DA, Perry JJ, Tainer JA, McGowan CH, Boddy MN. (2007) SUMO-targeted ubiquitin ligases in genome stability. EMBO J; 26(18):4089-4101.
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Pebernard S, Wohlschlegel J, McDonald WH, Yates 3rd JR, Boddy MN. The Nse5-Nse6 dimer mediates DNA repair roles of the Smc5-Smc6 complex. Mol. Cell. Biol. 26:1617, 2006.
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