(Philadelphia, PA) - Victor Hatini, PhD, has joined the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor.

Dr. Hatini's research addresses the underlying mechanisms responsible for excessive growth of epithelial tissues covering various parts of the body. To solve this, he is using molecular genetic approaches in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster to define molecular pathways that simultaneously affect epithelial architecture and cell proliferation. Dr. Hatini has been published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Developmental Biology, Development, Genes & Development, Molecular Cell, Developmental Dynamics and Progress in Clinical and Biological Research.

He earned his Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Biology (cum laude) from Hebrew University in Israel and his Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Molecular Genetics and Virology from the Weizmann Institute of Science, also in Israel. Dr. Hatini earned his PhD in Molecular Biology from Cornell University Medical College in New York City. He performed fellowships at the Weizman Institute of Science, Cornell University Medical College (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Division), Rockefeller University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Hatini is a member of The Genetic Society of America and was last invited to lecture at The Joseph Stokes Jr. Research Institute at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, on the topic, 'Transcriptional control of epidermal patterning and epithelial morphogenesis.'

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