Vinicio de Jesus Perez MD

Community and International Work Details

  • Project Title:  Stanford Career Development Program in Omics of Lung Diseases
  • Topic/emphasis:  Pulmonary Genomics
  • Location:  California
  • Specific Location:  Stanford University
  • This an ongoing project:  Yes
  • There are opportunities for student involvement in work:  Yes
  • Description:  We propose a Career Development Program (CDP) in ‘Omics’ of lung diseases with a major focus on pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). This is a logical extension of our current K12 CDP on the “Genetics and Genomics of Lung Diseases” that focuses on PAH. The new CDP proposal allows us to equip the next cadre of MD and PhD scientists with interdisciplinary and bioinformatic skills to integrate new high throughput genomic, proteomic and metabolomic platforms to gain a better understanding of disease pathophysiology. This proposed CDP in ‘Omics’ will fuel the major cross–departmental collaborations we have built through NIH-NHLBI Interdisciplinary grants focusing on PAH. One of the our NIH sponsored projects applies novel cutting-edge high-throughput proteomic methodologies to investigate inflammatory cells in autoimmune and idiopathic PAH. Another utilizes genomics and bioinformatics and induced pluripotent stem cell methodology to relate gene variants, methylation changes and RNA expression differences across the genome, to the functional behavior of native and iPSC-derived endothelial cells from PAH patients. Our role in the Pulmonary Hypertension Breakthrough Initiative Network permits access to these valuable samples, and our major clinical programs in Adult and Pediatric PAH assures that we are well-positioned to train a new generation of young scientists in this important area of research. Our Scholars will have MD or PhD backgrounds and our CDP offers extensive didactic cross training in the ‘omics’ (genomics, proteomics, metabolomics) and in computational biology, particularly for the MD with little background preparation in these areas. As well, for the PhD Scholar we offer training in lung vascular anatomy, physiology and pathology for the PhD Scholar with little exposure to medicine. Each Scholar will undertake a mentored research project beginning in the first year of training, with a primary Mentor who has expertise in PAH, in the ‘Omics’ fields, or in Bioinformatics, and two Co-Mentors with the complementary skills. Mentors and Co-Mentors will help the Scholar attain those skills that facilitate interpreting the large data sets resulting from high throughput research with large data sets to uncover the biological and clinical relevance of the findings. Our CDP focuses on one disease but, at the same time, provides the Scholar with the necessary tools to take on the challenges of future high throughput scientific discovery, to improve diagnosis and treatment in of many other lung diseases.

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