John Carpten, PhD
PROFESSOR, CHAIR, AND DIRECTOR, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles, California, United States
John D. Carpten, Ph.D. is Co-Leader of the Translational and Clinical Sciences Program (TACS) at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is also Professor and Chair for the Department of Translational Genomics at the Keck School of Medicine, and Co-Director of the USC Institute for Translational Genomics. Carpten is well-known for his research into health disparities. He formed the first genome-wide scan for prostate cancer susceptibility genes in African-Americans, called the African American Hereditary Prostate Cancer Study Network and conducted research into differences in incidence and outcomes for African-Americans with multiple myeloma. Previously he was Professor and Deputy Director of Basic Sciences, Translational Genomics Research Institute, Phoenix, AZ. He earned his Ph.D in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology within the Department of Molecular Genetics at the Ohio State University. He then went on for postdoctoral training in genome sciences at the National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD with Dr. Jeffrey M. Trent and co-mentor Dr. Francis F. Collins. He was later promoted to the tenure track at NHGRI where he began his early career development.
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