PIK Professor Shelley L. Berger: Revolutionizing Genetic Research

A leader in the rapidly changing field of epigenetics, Shelley L. Berger has built a world-class epigenetics program at Penn that she says is distinguished by the diverse and relevant expertise of the science faculty associated with it.

A leader in the rapidly changing field of epigenetics, Shelley L. Berger has built a world-class epigenetics program at Penn that she says is distinguished by the diverse and relevant expertise of the science faculty associated with it.

Berger works where the ever-evolving fields of genetics, epigenetics, genomics, cell and developmental biology, and computational biology intersect. Using deep knowledge of these disciplines to navigate the broad interdisciplinary landscape, she seeks—and frequently finds—new knowledge that can help develop cures for currently intractable cancers and neurodegenerative diseases.

With appointments in the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts & Sciences, Berger is the Daniel S. Och University Professor, Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, and Professor of Biology. Berger, a Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor, founded and directs the Penn Epigenetics Program.

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  • Text by Christina Cook