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Genetics Society Medal 2017

Marisa Bartolomei is a Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology and co-Director of the Epigenetics Program at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, having received her BS in Biochemistry at the University of Maryland and her PhD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine under the guidance of Dr Jeffry Corden. She trained as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Shirley Tilghman at Princeton University. In 1993, Dr. Bartolomei was appointed as an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 1999 and Professor in 2006.

In 2006, Dr. Bartolomei received the Society for Women's Health Research Medtronics Prize for Contributions to Women's Health, and In 2011, received the Jane Glick Graduate School Teaching Award for the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a MERIT award from the NIH. She was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2014 and was recently elected Member-At-Large of the Section on Biological Sciences for AAAS (2016-2020 term).  Dr. Bartolomei previously served on the Science Board of Reviewing Editors, is a member of the Human Molecular Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology editorial boards and is an Associate editor for PLOS Genetics.

Dr. Bartolomei’s research addresses the epigenetic mechanisms of genomic imprinting and X inactivation, as well as the impact of adverse environmental insults on epigenetic gene regulation using the mouse as a model.