Deneb Karentz is Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at the University of San Francisco. She received her B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Rhode Island, and her M.S. from Oregon State University. Professor Karentz's research focuses on the ultraviolet photobiology of marine organisms: identifying strategies for protection from UV exposure and understanding mechanisms for repair of UV-induced DNA damage. Her work is directed towards understanding the ecological implications of Antarctic ozone depletion.
Deneb also collaborates with Professor James E. Cleaver at the University of California San Francsico Comprehensive Cancer Center. Professor Cleaver's lab conducts research on DNA damage and repair relative to several inherited human diseases such as xeroderma pigmentosum and Cockayne's syndrome (see http://cancer.ucsf.edu/cleaver/index.php for more information).