Dr. Kathryn Wellen graduated from the College of William and Mary (B.S.) and received her PhD from Harvard University, studying the role of inflammation in metabolic diseases. She performed her postdoctoral work with Dr. Craig B. Thompson at the University of Pennsylvania, where her work identified that histone acetylation is sensitive to the availability of the metabolite acetyl-CoA in mammalian cells. In 2011, Dr. Wellen joined the Department of Cancer Biology and the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine as Assistant Professor. She was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2017. Her honors include selection as a Forbeck Scholar and a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences. Her lab is interested in understanding how nutrition impacts gene regulation in normal cells of the body and the implications of this for health and disease, as well as how metabolic alterations in cancer cells impact gene expression and in turn tumorigenesis.
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