About the PI

Jennifer E. Phillips-Cremins, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Bioengineering, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Genetics. During her Ph.D. candidacy at Georgia Institute of Technology, Dr. Cremins was funded by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to develop transcription factor-based genetic engineering strategies for the direct conversion of dermal fibroblasts into mature bone cells. She was then funded by an NIH National Research Service Award to conduct a unique multi-disciplinary postdoc that simultaneously spanned three institutions and four independent laboratories with the goal of  generating the first high resolution 3-D genome architecture maps in mouse embryonic stem cells. Dr. Cremins now runs the 3-D Epigenomics and Systems Neurobiology laboratory at UPenn. Her lab’s primary research interests lie in understanding the genome folding mechanisms that govern phenotype commitment in the developing human brain and how 3D genome folding can be misconfigured during the onset of neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative diseases. She has been selected as a 2014 New York Stem Cell Foundation Robertson Investigator, a 2015 Albert P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, a 2016 and 2018 Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow, and a 2015 NIH Director’s New Innovator.


2018 Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow 2018
2016 Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow 2016
2015-2020 NIH New Innovator Award
2015 Albert P. Sloan Foundation Fellow
2015-2020 New York Stem Cell Foundation – Robertson Investigator
2012 Keystone Future of Science Award, Keystone Symposia on Epigenomics & Chromatin
2009-2012 Ruth S. Kirschstein F32 National Research Service Award
2003-2007 Presidential Fellowship, Georgia Institute of Technology
2003-2006 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship