Joseph Reese is a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and member of the Center for Eukaryotic Gene Regulation at The Pennsylvania State University. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, working on the molecular actions of estrogen agonists and antagonists. He was a postdoctoral fellow of the Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Research Fund at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center where he identified and characterized TBP-associated factors from budding yeast. His research interests are in the mechanisms of chromatin remodeling and gene transcription and his current work is on the regulation of DNA damage induced genes in yeast. His work on the ribonucleotide reductase genes has revealed mechanisms of co-repressor actions and provided the first description of a role for the general transcription machinery, especially TFIID, in the remodeling of chromatin at promoters. He has served on multiple study sections at the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society, and the American Heart Association and currently serves on two Editorial Boards, including his new role as Executive Editor of BBA Gene Regulatory Mechanisms.