It’s an exciting time to be an epigenetics researcher. New publications are coming out rapidly, describing advancements and new techniques in the field. Traditional research has thrived when scientists learn from publications and can interact with the authors, who are the experts on the subject. While researchers can currently find contact information through PubMed and interact with them, we’ve built a tool which will catalyze these interactions. Engaging Epigenetics Experts, or E3, is an application which allows researchers to log in and find other scientists in an area they’re interested in learning more about. Unlike a generic social network, the foundation of E3 is epigenetics research publications, which will allow you to not only search for research papers, but engage with the authors quickly. Got a question related to a publication or topic? Jump over to the forum and ask it there, perhaps referencing the paper in question. Your single login will be the key to accessing all areas of E3, and help for each is listed below.

Questions or comments? Check out the Help & Wish List topic on the forum and post any questions you have, or contact us.

Navigation. The site is comprised of separate subsections for the Community, Publications, Forum, and Blog. Each page contains three menus; from top to bottom they are the User Menu, Main Menu, Application Menu. The User Menu is at the very top right of the page and controls login and settings information, which may vary in each subsection. Once you’re logged in, the menu will change to reflect it, and you don’t need to log in to each application separately.  The Main Menu is directly above the fluorescent image on each page and navigates to each subsection and information pages. The location of the Application Menu varies somewhat, it is present either below the fluorescent image (Community, Publications), and/or in the right sidebar (Blog, Publications). At any time, you can navigate to the Help page through the link in the Main Menu.


The E3 community offers many of the options of other social networks, including profile information, status updates and the ability to add friends and form groups. To join, we just need your name, a password, and an email address. You can add more information as you like. We suggest being ‘liberal’ about the amount of information you provide regarding your research, but to be careful about other personal information such as your birth date. Adjust your Privacy settings via the Profile->Privacy option in the Application Menu in the Community subsection. In addition, you can use your Facebook login to save time. We encourage all users to fill out the information completely so that other E3 users can find them, including your institution, location, areas of expertise, instruments used, and research interests.

Friends and Groups. E3 is a true social network, allowing you to add friends and communicate with your colleagues. Currently, in this first version, the best way to find friends who share your interests is through the publication database, as each publication links to beta users of the application. We've set up group categories for you, feel free to start a group based on your institution, geographic region, or a conference you're attending.

Finding Experts

You can see a list and browse members on the Community page and search for users using the Basic of Advanced Search.  Want your lab mates and colleagues to join? Simply use the Invite Friends feature available in the Community Application Menu under ‘Friends.’

Finding Epigenetics Experts

Search Type



Find An Expert

Sitewide search

Home page link to separate page or to right of application menu

Simple search of publications, forum and blog.

Simple search of content for specific terms, link to experts authoring content.

Community Search

Community subsection: right sidebar

Searches by name only.

Search by last name only first (some users may be missing first name initially).

Community Advanced Search

Community subsection: separate page

Search individual fields for terms separately or in combination.

Search for area of expertise, instruments used, research interest, location or institution.

Publication search

Publications subsection: right of application menu

Searches main fields, author, title, year, keywords or abstract for term (fields can be configured in publications options which is linked from the user menu).

Search for any field you would in a publication search, and E3 users will be listed below the title of the publication. Click on names and communicate with and/or ask to friend.

Publication Advanced Search

Publications subsection:  separate page

Search every publication field separately or in combination.

Search by address and keywords to find a local expert, for example ‘san diego’ and ‘gene expression regulation.’ Complex searches can be done in two steps by using the ‘Search and Display Options’ menu which appears above the search results (click to expand).

Forum Search

Forum subsection: right of application menu

Searches all posts in forum.

Search for an application or interest area, find good responses, look up expert in community by last name (will improve in later versions).

Forum Advanced Search

Forum subsection: separate page

Search for keywords, authors and choose forums or subforums to search.

Similar to the forum search, with more options.

Blog search

Blog subsection: right sidebar

Search all blog posts.

Find posts on topics that interest you, search for author’s name in the community search (will improve in later versions).


We’ve uploaded more than 27,000 publications from 1,000 epigenetics experts, and linked E3 user profiles in the detailed view of each. Currently, this information has been preloaded for a group we’ve chosen to be part of the first version of this site. Note that if you are not listed here, it doesn’t mean we don’t consider you be an expert, and please contact us if you’d like to be added. In future versions, you’ll be able to add publications, stay tuned and subscribe to updates so you’ll be the first to know.

Grouping. The E3 Publication database allows you to group references in a two different ways. Every set of publications has the option to ‘Save Query’ which will be accessible via the Publications Home page on the right. This list of publications will be dynamic, so that if publications are added it is updated. The second option to group references is available at the bottom of a list of publications, where you can add publications to a new or existing group.

Searching. Use the simple search when you know the author and other information, and use the advanced search for more complex queries.

Export. E3 also offers several methods to site or export citations via the menus at the bottom of each list.


The E3 forum is a place to ask and answer questions about applications, and join in on community discussions about publications, events.


The blog is a place for in depth discussions about epigenetics research. It is managed by NEB scientists and will soon have content from E3 experts as well, contact us if you’re interested.


You’re using the beta version of E3, it is the first application to bridge epigenetics researchers through publications and discussions. As such, you may find that finding and connecting with experts may take a few steps now, but we’re going to make it easier with later versions. We’re very interested in your experience and ideas for the site, please list them in the Help & Wish List forum.

Keeping Up With E3

Check out the RSS Feeds page, where you can subscribe to all updates in an RSS reader.