Dr. Karl Shpargel has been promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics, effective January 1, 2022.
Dr. Shpargel received his B.S. in Biology, Genetics and Developmental Biology from Pennsylvania State University in 1999 followed by his Ph.D. in Genetics from Case Western Reserve University in 2006. Dr. Shpargel served as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Bruce Trapp at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation (2006-2007), where he studied endotoxin-induced factors that initiate microglial neuroprotection. He moved to UNC Chapel Hill to join the laboratory of Dr. Terry Magnuson (Department of Genetics) as a postdoctoral fellow in 2008, where he studied histone demethylase function in cardiovascular epigenetics. In 2013, he was appointed Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics at UNC and has expanded his study of histone demethylase function in development and disease. Dr. Shpargel’s lab continues to expand and he was recently awarded an R01 from NIDCR for his project titled “Enhancer activation mechanisms in cranial neural crest osteoblast differentiation”. Congratulations to Dr. Shpargel!