Andrew M. Hoffman, Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet), has named internationally recognized reproductive biologist P. Jeremy Wang, Professor Emeritus to President Ralph L. Brinster.
Dr. Wang holds an extraordinary record of scholarly achievement. His research program focuses on the cellular, molecular, genetic and epigenetic controls of meiosis, the cell division process specific to germ cells and which influences genetic diversity. Dr. Wang seeks to understand the generation of gametes by meiosis in vitro, which could remedy infertility in animals and humans; it also seeks to identify abnormal meiosis, which can lead to spontaneous pregnancy loss or human congenital conditions. He received NIH support totaling $16 million at Penn and is currently a principal investigator on two NIH grants. He has mentored over 28 students and fellows from across the United States and around the world.
“Dr. Wang’s scientific work has been published in more than 60 peer-reviewed publications in high-impact journals,” said Ellen Puré, chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Grace Lansing Lambert Professor of Biomedical Sciences. outstanding achievements have earned him numerous awards, including the prestigious Society for the Study of Reproduction Research Award. Dr. Wang has published articles in journals such as Nature Genetics, Science Advances, Genes & Development and Nucleic Acids Research. He is very sought after by editorial boards and grant review committees, and as a presenter at over 50 invited and nominated conferences.
Dr. Wang received his MD from Peking University Health Science Center and his PhD in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Cornell University. After a postdoctoral fellowship with David C. Page at MIT’s Whitehead Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dr. Wang joined Penn Vet’s Department of Biomedical Sciences in 2002 as an Assistant Professor of Developmental Biology. His career progressed from Associate Professor, Professor, and then Director of the Center for Animal Transgenesis and Germ Cell Research. Dr. Wang is also a faculty member of the Center for Reproductive and Women’s Health Research at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine and the Penn Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
“The President Ralph L. Brinster Emeritus Professorship was for a distinguished reproductive scientist who embodies the passion, rigor, and pioneering spirit of Dr. Ralph Brinster, our distinguished faculty member in the same field of study and winner of the National Medal of Science,” said Andrew Hoffman, Dean of Veterinary Medicine Gilbert S. Kahn. “Dr. Jeremy Wang personifies these qualities and as such he was selected from among his peers, both here at the University and around the world, to fill this illustrious position. I am delighted to have him in our faculty.
The award of an appointed and endowed faculty position is the highest honor bestowed on a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania and reflects a commitment to scientific discovery, mentorship, and service. Established in 2017 through a gift from former Penn Vet Board Member Henrietta Alexander, the President Ralph L. Brinster Professor Emeritus Chair was named in honor of Dr. Brinster, Richard King Mellon Professor of Reproductive Physiology from Penn Vet.