Carl S. Thummel, PhD

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


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Human Genetics - Professor

Academic Office Information

  • 801-581-2937
  • George and Dolores Eccles Institute of Human Genetics
    Human Genetics
    15 N 2030 E, Room: 5200
    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

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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