Our primary research interest is to understand the molecular details of specialized, noncanonical mechanisms that regulate gene expression. Various proteins have evolved to act as specific modulators of genes in order to fine-tune their activity as well as to quickly respond to environmental cues. We focus on investigating the regulators that are directly involved in major human diseases such as cancer and diabetes. By employing biochemical and structural approaches, we not only aim to understand the molecular mechanism, but also to use the details provided by high-resolution structures for identifying potential therapeutic avenues. For appropriate candidate macromolecules we utilize computational techniques such as molecular dynamics and in silico docking to design small molecule inhibitors and to understand their interactions.