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If the genome is a cell's textbook, containing all of the instructions that any cell in the body needs to fulfill its function, then its epigenome is the post-it notes, highlighter marks, and folded pages that each cell makes to its own copy of the genome to help it understand which parts are important for its biological function. Epigenetic processes shape a cell's DNA, modifying its physical shape and structure in order to guide the expression of the genes contained within. Changes to the epigenome are ubiquitous in brain cancer, yet much remains to be discovered about how these changes guide brain tumor biology. My previous work, performed in collaboration with several other DSA awardees, demonstrated how epigenetic dysfunction could mediate the effects of a genetic mutation in the metabolic enzyme IDH1, leading to activation of a well-known glioma oncogene called PDGFRA. My studies under the DSA seek to further expand this paradigm to other poorly understood mutations that are known to drive brain tumors, and to develop new technologies to further examine the role of the epigenome in how brain tumors respond in the clinic. Understanding these processes may help guide the development of new treatments or help us mobilize existing treatments in new ways.