Dr. Jeremy Purvis is an Assistant Professor of Genetics at the UNC School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Microbiology and Cell Science from The University of Florida and earned a Ph.D. in Genomics and Computational Biology from The University of Pennsylvania. Following the completion of his Ph.D., Dr. Purvis spent four years as a Teaching Fellow in Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Purvis is also a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. His research through the Purvis Lab studies cell fate decisions in stem cell and cancer cell biology using a variety of experimental and computational approaches with a specific focus on “irreversible” fates such as apoptosis, senescence, and differentiation. He has won numerous awards and grants, including an NIH Director’s New Innovator Award in 2016, designed specifically to support unusually creative investigators with highly innovative research ideas in the early stages of their careers.