Khoa Tran, PhD
Postdoc, UPenn Perelman School of Medicine
Panelist for 'Dual Career Panel'
Dr. Khoa (“Kwa”) Tran received his PhD in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018. His graduate research focused on understanding the epigenetic barriers of cellular reprogramming, the process of converting differentiated cells into induced-pluripotent stem cells. From this work, Khoa identified the importance of harnessing metabolites to regulate epigenetic enzymes that were critical from the reprogramming process. For his post-doctoral training, Khoa wanted to expand his expertise on the metabolic-epigenetic crosstalk. He joined the laboratory of Dr. Shelley Berger at the University of Pennsylvania where he is currently investigating how the metabolic and epigenetic environments communicate during aging and contribute to age-related disorders.
Khoa has ambitions to lead his own lab exploring compartmental regulations of metabolic proteins and how this modulates the epigenome in development and aging. Outside of research, Khoa enjoys reading, running, videogames, and drawing science comics as a member of JKX Comics. Beyond the wealth of research opportunities, Khoa chose Philadelphia for his postdoctoral training because of the large and diverse amount of research in epigenetics, and the outstanding quality of research allowing him and his partner to be at the forefront of discoveries within their respective fields.