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Randy Jirtle

Randy Jirtle, American medical educator, geneticist. Recipient Distinguished Achievement award, University Wisconsin-Madison, 2006; grantee, National Institutes of Health, 2003, since 2004, Department of Energy, since 2005. Member of Society Toxicology (associate), Federation American Societies Experimental Biology (associate), American Society Human Genetics (associate), American Association Cancer Research (associate).

Background

  • Jirtle, Randy was born on November 9, 1947 in Kewaunee, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Vernon and Nettie Jirtle.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering, University Wisconsin, Madison, 1970. Master of Science in Radiation Biology, University Wisconsin, Madison, 1973. Doctor of Philosophy in Radiation Biology, University Wisconsin, Madison, 1976.

    Career

    • Professor radiation oncology Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, since 1977. Invited speaker Nobel Symposium on Epigenetics, 2004.

    Major achievements

    • Achievements include discovery of imprinted IGF2R as a tumor suppressor gene. Discovery of CALLIPYGE gene that results in hypertrophy of fast twitch muscles. Discovery of maternal methyl supplementation during pregnancy can alter adult disease susceptibility of the offspring by methylating the epigenome.

      Development of definition of subsets of imprinted genes in the mouse and human genomes. Patents in field.

    Works

    • Editor: Liver Regeneration and Carcinogenesis: Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms, 1995. Contributor articles to professional journals.

    Religion

    Denomination: Presbyterian

    Membership

    Member of Society Toxicology (associate), Federation American Societies Experimental Biology (associate), American Society Human Genetics (associate), American Association Cancer Research (associate).

    Personality

    Interests

    Gardening, reading, drawing.

    Connections

    • Married Nancy McGinnis, October 22, 1983. Children: James, Bonnie.
    • father: Vernon Jirtle
    • mother: Nettie Jirtle
    • spouse: Nancy McGinnis
    • children: James Jirtle
    • Bonnie Jirtle
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    Born November 9, 1947
    (age 69)
    Nationality
    • 1970
      University Wisconsin
    • 1973
      University Wisconsin
    • 1976
      University Wisconsin
    • 1977
      Professor, radiation oncology Duke University Medical Center
      Durham, United Kingdom