Lead Investigator Bio

Rothbart Laboratory
Scott Rothbart, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Epigenetics
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Areas of expertise: Chromatin biochemistry, cancer epigenetics, functional proteomics


Dr. Scott Rothbart is an internationally recognized expert in the field of epigenetics, particularly in the area of chromatin regulation through histone post-translational modifications. He earned a B.S. in food science and human nutrition from the University of Florida, followed by a Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology from Virginia Commonwealth University in the lab of Dr. Rick Moran. Dr. Rothbart then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Dr. Brian Strahl’s lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He established his lab at Van Andel Institute in 2015 and was promoted to associate professor in 2018. Dr. Rothbart’s work has contributed fundamental insights into mechanisms of epigenetic regulation and has introduced new tools and methodologies to the field. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a K99/R00 career development award from the National Cancer Institute and an R35 Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.