Get to know Patrick


Hi, I’m Patrick.

I am thrilled to begin my career as an independent investigator at the University of Rochester. In many ways, its a dream come true to have the opportunity to work at a world class institute, to collaborate with so many talented and successful scientists, and to move back to Western New York after a 12 year hiatus. Although my roots are in Buffalo, throughout my training I have lived in many places across the United States.

I started doing research after I was awarded a high school HHMI research fellowship to study at Villanova University in Philadephia. Then, I received my BS in Biological Sciences from St. John’s University in New York City, where I worked as a laboratory technician under Dr. Chris Bazinet and investigated fruit fly fertility genes. After undergrad, I spent a year at the NIH in Bethesda Maryland working as a Postbac IRTA under Dr. Elissa Lei, where I studied chromatin insulator proteins – again in fruit flies. Working with Dr. Lei was where I developed a passion for chromatin biology and genomics. This inspired me to join Dr. Paul Soloway’s laboratory for my Ph.D training at Cornell University, where I investigated coordination of histone modification and DNA methylation in mouse. Finally, for my Postdoc training I moved to Salt Lake City to work with Dr. Brad Cairns, and to investigate the role of chromatin modifications and epigenetics marks during germline-to-embryo transition in zebrafish. You can read more about this under the “Recent Results” menu.

To relax, I enjoy traveling, especially to visit family in Oregon and Utah. My wife (Kristin) and I have one son, a daughter, and a 10 year-old pup. I love to spend time with my family playing at the park, swimming at the pool or in lakes, and experiencing the great outdoors via hiking, biking, fishing, and skiing.

You can follow me on twitter @pjmurphy249.