|Title||Department Head and Professor of Biology|
|Institution||Eberly College of Science|
|Address||110 Life Sciences Bldg|
University Park, PA 16802
|Institution||Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences|
Professor of Biology, Verne M. Willaman Dean Eberly College of Science
GRADUATE PROGRAM AFFILIATIONS:
Molecular and Cellular Integrative Biosciences (MCIBS), Neuroscience, Physiology
B.A., Pasadena College, 1973
M.S., Brown University, 1977
Ph.D., University of Georgia, 1980
Dr. Cavener's research focuses on the genetic regulatory pathways that dynamically control developmental and physiological processes to adapt to internal or external perturbations. Currently, his research group is focused on regulation of metabolic and neurological processes that are particularly prone to maladaptations that lead to diseases such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and neurodegenerative diseases. Insights gained from determining the underlying molecular mechanisms of human disease are being applied to treat or cure disease by methods of regenerative medicine. Specifically gene editing is being employed to correct disease-causing mutations including diabetes and metabolic diseases.
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