Dr. Paul Knoepfler (@pknoepfler) is a biomedical scientist, science writer, advocate, and cancer survivor.
Mission. His philosophy is to make a transformative positive difference in biomedical science and wider communities both through innovative research and via novel, risky approaches to local and global educational outreach.
His research interests are primarily focused on the epigenomics of cancer and stem cells with a particular interest in pediatric tumors and especially childhood brain tumors (see Knoepfler Lab page here).
Knoepfler is a Professor at UC Davis School of Medicine in the Department of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy (see Departmental Page here).
At UC Davis he is also a faculty member of the Genome Center, the Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Institute for Regenerative Cures (aka UC Davis Stem Cell Center), and the Institute for Pediatric Regenerative Medicine at Shriners Hospital for Children of Northern California.
He received his BA in English Literature from Reed College and PhD from UCSD School of Medicine in Molecular Pathology.
He did his postdoc with Bob Eisenman at The Hutch in Seattle, focused on MYC function in stem cells and cancer.
In addition to research, Knoepfler is a tireless advocate for stem cell research and responsible use of innovative technologies more broadly.
For more on his concerns on heritable use of CRISPR in people, see his TED talk here.
He runs a popular stem cell research and policy blog called The Niche.
He has received a number of awards for science and advocacy (you can read more on Wikipedia).