Juan L Rodriguez-Flores
I am a computational biologist who uses -omic data to understand the mechanisms of disease risk. I began my career as a Biology undergraduate at MIT, where my first research project as an undergraduate was to invent a method for attaching DNA to glass as part of the then-unfinished Human Genome Project. After MIT, I explored career options in medical school, Silicon Valley, and the NIH, finally earnING a PhD in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology from UCSD. My doctoral dissertation involved characterizing the regulatory genetics of the adrenaline-synthesis gene PNMT, as well as more broadly studying the human adrenergic stress pathway. Seeking additional training in genomics and statistics, I spent a year working with Kelly Frazer at the Moores UCSD Cancer Center, followed by a move to Weill Cornell Medical College in 2010. As a postdoc, I developed a set of genomic analysis skills and tools that I applied to numerous projects, both locally and with international collaborators such as the 1000 Genomes Project, Weill Cornell Medical School in Qatar, and the University of Puerto Rico. In my appointment as Assistant Professor, I am tasked with developing biotechnology tools for precision medicine.