Kate Excoffon, PhD

Wright State University, Professor

What is your current professional status?


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

Wright State University

What is your scientific area of research?

Adenovirus and AAV

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)

  • Compatibility of Scientific Specialties: 1 (most)
  • Geographic Location: 5 (least)
  • Professional Status / Success: 4
  • Compatibility of Career Path: 2
  • Communication Style: 3

Summarize 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 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. During my post doc I also improved our understanding of the adenovirus receptor, CAR. Now as a tenured university professor, my group has discovered molecules that can up and downregulate CAR and adenovirus infection. I balance classes as large as 170 students, a thriving lab, and have a happy household all at the same time. The secrets are a supportive family and fantastic group of mentors.

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