EMBL Heidelberg, Meyerhofstraße 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany

ORCID iD: iD icon0000-0002-5113-0476


  • PhD 2010, Dartmouth College.
    Postdoctoral research at Princeton University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus.
    Group leader at EMBL since 2017.


Total: 18 publication(s)


Tsai A, Galupa R, Crocker J. (2020)

Robust and efficient gene regulation through localized nuclear microenvironments.

Development 147(19) doi: 10.1242/dev.161430
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Galupa R, Crocker J. (2020)

Enhancer-promoter communication: thinking outside the TAD.

Trends Genet. 36(7):459-461. doi: 10.1016/j.tig.2020.04.002
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Tsai A, Alves MRP, Crocker J. (2019)

Multi-enhancer transcriptional hubs confer phenotypic robustness.

Elife 8 doi: 10.7554/eLife.45325
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Tsai A, Crocker J. (2018)

Visualizing long-range enhancer-promoter interaction.

Nat. Genet. 50(9):1205-1206. doi: 10.1038/s41588-018-0198-5
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Tsai A, Singer RH, Crocker J. (2018)

Transvection Goes Live-Visualizing Enhancer-Promoter Communication between Chromosomes.

Mol Cell 70(2):195-196. doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2018.04.004
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Crocker J, Ilsley GR. (2017)

Using synthetic biology to study gene regulatory evolution.

Curr Opin Genet Dev 47:91-101. doi: 10.1016/j.gde.2017.09.001
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Tsai A, Muthusamy AK, Alves MR, Lavis LD, Singer RH, Stern DL, Crocker J. (2017)

Nuclear microenvironments modulate transcription from low-affinity enhancers.

Elife 6 doi: 10.7554/elife.28975
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Crocker J, Stern DL. (2017)

Functional regulatory evolution outside of the minimal even-skipped stripe 2 enhancer.

Development 144(17) doi: 10.1242/dev.149427
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Stern DL, Crocker J, Ding Y, Frankel N, Kappes G, Kim E, Kuzmickas R, Lemire A, Mast JD, Picard S. (2017)

Genetic and Transgenic Reagents for Drosophila simulans, D-mauritiana, D-yakuba, D-santomea, and D-virilis

G3 (Bethesda) 7(4):1339-1347. doi: 10.1534/g3.116.038885
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Crocker J, Tsai A, Stern DL. (2017)

A Fully Synthetic Transcriptional Platform for a Multicellular Eukaryote

Cell Rep 18(1):287-296. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2016.12.025
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Crocker J, Noon EP, Stern DL. (2016)

The Soft Touch: Low-Affinity Transcription Factor Binding Sites in Development and Evolution

Curr Top Dev Biol 117:455-469. doi: 10.1016/bs.ctdb.2015.11.018
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Crocker J, Ilsley GR, Stern DL. (2016)

Quantitatively predictable control of Drosophila transcriptional enhancers in vivo with engineered transcription factors

Nat Genet 48(3):292-298. doi: 10.1038/ng.3509
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Crocker J, Abe N, Rinaldi L, McGregor AP, Frankel N, Wang S, Alsawadi A, Valenti P, Plaza S, Payre F, Mann RS, Stern DL. (2015)

Low affinity binding site clusters confer hox specificity and regulatory robustness

Cell 160(1-2):191-203. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2014.11.041
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Crocker J, Stern DL. (2013)

TALE-mediated modulation of transcriptional enhancers in vivo

Nat Methods 10(8):762-767. doi: 10.1038/nmeth.2543
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Crocker J, Erives A. (2013)

A Schnurri/Mad/Medea complex attenuates the dorsal-twist gradient readout at vnd.

Dev Biol 378(1):64-72. doi: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2013.03.002
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Crocker J, Potter N, Erives A. (2010)

Dynamic evolution of precise regulatory encodings creates the clustered site signature of enhancers.

Nat Commun 1 doi: 10.1038/ncomms1102
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Crocker J, Tamori Y, Erives A. (2008)

Evolution acts on enhancer organization to fine-tune gradient threshold readouts.

PLoS Biol. 6(11):2576-2587. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0060263
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Crocker J, Erives A. (2008)

A Closer Look at the eve Stripe 2 Enhancers of Drosophila and Themira

PLoS Genet. 4(11) doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1000276
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