Welcome to Genetics


Daniel J. Rader, M.D.
Chair, Department of Genetics


Department Highlights

We are pleased to announce that this year's Kaushal Family Awards have been awarded to Alan Tang and Daniel Bose!

We are pleased to announce that this year's Kadesch Prize has been awarded to Philipp Mews!

History of the Department

On the following page is a brief history of the department, along with a video entitled “The First 48 Years of the Department of Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania”. On the subsequent page there are four additional videos: “The Billingham Chairmanship and Transplantation Immunology” (Clyde Barker and David Gasser), “The Mellman Chairmanship and Cytogenetics” (Beverly Emanuel and David Gasser), “The Mellman Chairmanship and Maternal/Fetal Medicine” (Michael Mennuti and David Gasser), and “The Kazazian Chairmanship” (Haig Kazazian and David Gasser). Read and view more about the department...

Recent Faculty Additions

We are pleased to announce the recruitment of Hao Wu, Ph.D. Hao joined the department as an Assistant Professor on January 1, 2016. He received his Ph.D. in Molecular and Medical Pharmacology from University of California Los Angeles in 2009, where he studied epigenetic regulation of neural stem cell differentiation. Hao then moved to Harvard as a post-doctoral fellow co-mentored by Dr. Kenneth Chien in the MGH Cardiovascular Research Center and Department of Stem Cell & Regenerative Biology and Dr. Yi Zhang, an HHMI Investigator in the Department of Genetics. His work on the TET family of 5-methylcytosine (5mC) oxidases has been nothing short of spectacular, and has led to six first-author papers in high profile journals. He was co-recruited with the Epigenetics Program, a key partner in his recruitment. Dr. Wu is highly creative in his development of new methods for interrogating oxidized 5mC DNA modifications and their biological roles. His arrival is expected to further strengthen the connection between the Genetics Department and the Epigenetics Program. He also has a strong interest in the epigenetic regulatory programs of stem cell differentiation into cardiac and neural lineages, thus bridging him to the cardiovascular and neuroscience research communities at Penn.




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