As a Scientific Officer, Philip (Phil) Perlman serves as a liaison to HHMI Investigators at universities and research centers in the U.S. regarding scientific and administrative matters. He attends all HHMI scientific meetings, Investigator reviews, and Medical Advisory Board meetings. His activities include management of HHMI’s Investigator reviews, scientific meetings, and competitions for the Investigator program and various grants programs. He also interacts with HHMI leadership to coordinate Institute operations.

Perlman joined HHMI in 2004, coming from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, where he was professor of biochemistry, and later molecular biology. He served as associate dean of the graduate school for 11 years, including three years as acting dean. His research focused on the molecular genetics of yeast mitochondria, with an emphasis on self-splicing introns in mitochondrial genes, intron-encoded proteins, intron transposons, and mtDNA organization and recombination.

Perlman earned a BA in chemistry from the Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in biochemistry from Indiana University in 1971, and then joined the faculty at the Ohio State University. While there, he became the first chair of the new department of molecular genetics, which he founded. He moved to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 1990.

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