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Carl S. Thummel

Carl S. Thummel, PhD

Languages spoken: English

Academic Information

Departments Primary - Human Genetics

Academic Office Information

Research Interests

  • Developmental Biology
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental
  • Growth and Embryonic Development
  • Endocrinology
  • Animals, Genetically Modified
  • Crosses, Genetic
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Models, Genetic
  • Transcription, Genetic
  • Steroid Hormone Receptors
  • Energy Metabolism
  • Lipid Metabolism, Inborn Errors
  • Transcription Factors

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

Postdoctoral Fellowship Stanford University, Department of Biochemistry
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of California, Berkeley
Undergraduate Colgate University

Selected Publications


  1. Thummel, CS, King-Jones, K, Horner, M, Lam, G (2004). Compositions and methods for modulating DHR96. U.S. Patent No. International Publicaiton No. WO 2005/0698959. Washington, D.C.:U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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