Gary Karpen

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Gary started his scientific career in 1978 as a research technician in the Schubiger lab at the University of Washington, where he worked on imaginal disc formation in Drosophila. He obtained his PhD in the lab of Charles Laird at the University of Washington, where he worked on the role of nucleolus organization in rDNA function. He finished his PhD in Genetics in 1987 and continued to work with Drosophila during his postdoc in the lab of Allan Spradling at the Carnegie Institute.

His work in the Spradling lab spurred his interest in heterochromatin formation and 4 years later he started his own lab at The Salk Institute, La Jolla in 1991. After being in San Diego for 12 years, during which he obtained his professorship at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Gary and his lab moved to the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) in 2003. Gary has been an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley since 2003 and became director of the LBNL Life Sciences Division in 2011.

The Karpen lab has a long-standing interest in chromatin structure and function, with a special emphasis on heterochromatic DNA regions. The current projects in the lab range from centromere formation and function, to the role of lncRNAs, ageing, and DNA repair in heterochromatin formation and maintenance.

Gary's CV

Education


  • Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, September 1974 - May 1978, B.A. in Biology, May 1978
  • University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, Department of Genetics, September 1981-August, 1987
  • Ph.D. in Genetics, August 1987

    Honors and Awards

  • Graduated cum laude, with Honors in Biology, Brandeis University, May 1978
  • NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, November 1987 - October 1990
  • Pew Charitable Trust Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences, July 1993- June 1997
  • Professional Experience
  • 1976-1978 Research Assistant, Jeffrey C. Hall, Brandeis University
  • 1978-1981 Research Technician, G. Schubiger, University of Washington
  • 1981-1987 Ph.D. Candidate, Charles Laird, University of Washington
  • 1983-1984 Teaching Assistant, University of Washington
  • 1987-1991 Postdoctoral Fellow, Allan Spradling, Carnegie Inst. of Washington
  • 1991-1997 Assistant Professor, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • 1997-2002 Associate Professor, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • 1997-2002 Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Biology, UC San Diego
  • 2002-2003 Professor, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • 2002-2003 Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, UC San Diego
  • March 2003-present Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs
  • March 2003-present Co-Director, Drosophila Genome Project, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs
  • March 2003-present Adjunct Professor, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, UC Berkeley
  • July, 2005-December 2010 Deputy Director, Life Sciences Division, LBNL
  • September 2008-present Co-Director, Berkeley Screening Center
  • January 1- December, 2011 Acting Director, Life Sciences Division, LBNL
  • January 1, 2011-present DOE Low Dose Radiation Biology SFA, Lead
  • December 2011 - present Director, Life Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab


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