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Katharine Ullman, Ph.D.

University of Utah


Katharine Ullman, Ph.D., is a Professor of Oncological Sciences and Huntsman Cancer Institute Investigator at the University of Utah. She studied biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology at Northwestern University, graduating with a B.A. in 1986 and then attended Stanford University for graduate school, where she earned her doctoral degree working with Dr. Gerald Crabtree. She did postdoctoral training in the lab of Dr. Douglass Forbes at the University California San Diego before joining the faculty at the University of Utah in 1998. Ullman served several years as a Cancer Center Program leader and currently is the associate dean of the University of Utah Graduate School. Past honors include a Burroughs Wellcome Career Award and a Leukemia and Lymphoma Scholar Award. Her lab focuses on elucidating molecular steps of nuclear assembly and their coordination with disassembly of the mitotic spindle apparatus, as well as building further on the novel connection her lab discovered between the function of particular nuclear pore proteins and the regulation of cytokinesis. Collaborating with Dr. Maho Niwa opens exciting new opportunities to study how the architecture and function of the nucleus and another major cellular organelle, the endoplasmic reticulum, are interconnected.

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