Carl S. Thummel, PhD

Research Interests

  • Pharmacogenetics
  • Steroid Hormone Receptors
  • Growth and Embryonic Development
  • Transcription Factors
  • Developmental Biology
  • Genetics
  • Endocrine System
  • Steroid Metabolism, Inborn Errors
  • Lipid Metabolism, Inborn Errors
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Energy Metabolism
  • Animals, Genetically Modified
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Crosses, Genetic
  • Models, Genetic
  • Transcription, Genetic
  • Endocrine Glands
  • Receptor Cross-Talk
  • Endocrinology


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Human Genetics - Professor
  • Cancer Center Programs: Nuclear Control of Cell Growth & Differentiation

Academic Office Information

  • 801-581-2937
  • George and Dolores Eccles Institute of Human Genetics
    Human Genetics
    15 N 2030 E, Room: 5100
    Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Academic Bio

Carl Thummel, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Utah and a member of the Nuclear Control of Cell Growth and Differentiation Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute.Thummel studies the role of small hormones, including steroids, retinoids, and thyroid hormones, in development and physiology of cells using the fruit fly as a model. These hormones convey signals to cells through receptors, much like a lock and key, and in turn can reprogram the messages within a cell to change. The pathways that these hormones affect are often altered in cancer cells; there is some evidence of their utility in cancer treatments.Thummel received a bachelor's degree from Colgate University, New York, and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Education History

Type School Degree
Postdoctoral Fellowship Stanford University, Department of Biochemistry
Biochemistry & Biophysics
Postdoctoral Fellow
Doctoral Training University of California, Berkeley
Undergraduate Colgate University