Concord Native Is DHMRI’s Newest Genomics Scientist

The David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI) welcomes Gretchen Hoelscher, MS, as the newest staff scientist in the Genomics Laboratory.

Hoelscher is leading the implementation of new genetic sequencing technology as well as managing genomics projects for DHMRI’s collaborators who represent over 150 industry and academic institutions.

Prior to DHMRI, Hoelscher worked for 17 years at Carolinas HealthCare System’s James G. Cannon Research Center. She conducted orthopedic research as part of a team that studied disc degeneration, stem cell differentiation, bone fracture healing and bone physiology. 

Prior to her years in orthopedic research, she worked as a microbiologist with the US Department of Agriculture in Gastonia, NC, and taught microbiology at Presbyterian School of Nursing in Charlotte, NC. 

She graduated with a degree in biology from UNC Charlotte and originally planned on a career in physical therapy. While waiting to get into physical therapy school, she interned in a genetics laboratory where she “fell in love” with research. She then earned a master’s degree in molecular microbiology from UNC Charlotte.

“Sometimes what you are meant to do finds you,” she commented.

Hoelscher is a native of Concord, NC, graduating from Concord High School. Her son Zachary attends Cox Mill High School, also in Concord, and her husband Jim is the general manager for a global renewable energy company based in Charlotte, NC.

Find out more about DHMRI’s Genomics Laboratory.

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