About the PI

Jennifer E. Phillips-Cremins, Ph.D. is an Associate 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.

Faculty Honors and Awards
NSF CAREER Award 2020
Nature Magazine’s Technologies to watch in 2020:
NSF Emerging Frontiers in Research Innovation – Chromatin & Epigenetic Engineering awardee 2019
Nature Methods featured author profile:
https://www.nature.com/articles/nmeth.4584 (2018)
Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow (2018)
Kavli Frontiers of Science Japanese-American-German Frontiers of Science Symposium invitee (2017)
Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow (2016)
Cell Stem Cell featured author profile:
NIH Director’s DP2 New Innovator Award (2015-2020)
Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow (2015-2017)
New York Stem Cell Foundation – Robertson Investigator (2015-2020)

Postdoctoral Awards
Winner – Keystone Future of Science Award: Keystone Symposia on
Epigenomics and Chromatin Dynamics (2012)
Semi-Finalist – Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific
Interface (2011)
Winner – NIH Ruth S. Kirschstein F32 National Research Service Award
(June 2009-2012)

Doctoral Awards
Winner – Georgia Institute of Technology Presidential Fellowship
Winner – National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship (2003-2006)
Winner – Travel Award: 1st Annual NIH Graduate Research Festival in
Washington, DC (2006)
Winner – Travel award: 2nd Marie Curie Cutting-Edge Conference in Alvor,
Algarve, Portugal (2006)
Winner – Scholarship: Human embryonic stem cells (HEST) workshop at UGA
Winner – Tissue Engineering Society Travel Award: 7th Annual Meeting
Lausanne, Switzerland
Winner – Best Poster Competition: 12th Annual Bud Suddath Bioscience
Symposium (2004)

Undergraduate Awards
Promoted to Senior Scientist/Engineer – Procter & Gamble Skin Care R&D
Society of Women Engineers (1995-1999)
Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honors Society (1996-1999)
Vice President – Omega Chi Epsilon Chemical Engineering Honor’s Society
Graduated with Highest Distinction from Clarkson University (1999)
Clarkson University Presidential Scholar (1995-1999)
Captain – Clarkson University Basketball Team (1997-1998)