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Katherine J. Excoffon, PhD

Katherine J. Excoffon, PhD
Wright State University
*Associate Professor*

What is your current professional status?

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

What is your work setting (i.e. academic institution, government organization (i.e. FDA, NIH, etc.), bio-industry/pharmaceutical company, etc.)

Academic Institution

What is your scientific area of research?

Virology, cell biology, and gene therapy

Why do you want to be a mentor?

The mentoring I have received has been pivotal to my advancement and success. Key advice at just the right time can have an important impact on career trajectory.

As a mentor, what are you hoping to gain from this experience?

To be inspired by inspiring others.     

How important are the following in the selection of a mentee: (1 – 5 scale, 1 = most important, 5 = least important)

            a. Compatibility of Scientific Specialties - 2
            b. Geographic Location - 5
            c. Professional Status / Success - 3
            d. Compatibility of Career Path - 2
            e. Communication Style - 2

Summarized in a brief paragraph (150 words or less), please provide a biography that describes who you are and what you do in the field of gene and/or cell therapy.

I am a scientist, educator, mother, and wife. I am primarily driven by curiosity.  Everything always becomes an experiment. During my PhD I discovered the alternative isoform of lipoprotein lipase that ended up in Glybera. During my post doc years, in collaboration with the Schaffer group, AAV evolution led to the identification of an AAV that could efficiently infect human airway and may enter clinical trials soon. During my post doc I also improved our understanding of the adenovirus receptor, CAR. Now as a tenured university faculty, my group has discovered molecules that can up and downregulate CAR and adenovirus infection. At the same time I balance classes as large as 170 students and have a happy household. The secret is a supportive family and fantastic group of mentors.

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