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Heidi Kletzien, PhD

Heidi Kletzien is a Biomedical Engineer interested in understanding the molecular underpinnings and dynamics of age-related head and neck tissue dysfunction and head and neck cancer (HNC) initiation. The ultimate goal of her research is to develop novel, targeted, therapies for the rescue and prevention of age-related disorders and diseases affecting head and neck tissues. Heidi is a NIH Postdoctoral fellow and her research harnesses novel multi-omics and, in vivo, CRISPR-mediated genome engineering approaches.

Prior to joining the Wagers Lab, Heidi obtained her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and a certificate in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Dr. Nadine Connor’s laboratory. She also received her M.S. in Biomedical Engineering and B.A. at the University of Wisconsin. Heidi is also a 2x Division I NCAA National Champion in Women’s Ice Hockey.

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