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geneticist , medical educator

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.

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

  • Other Work

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

Membership

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

Interests

  • Other 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