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John M. Greally, M.B.,B.Ch., Ph.D.

John M. Greally, M.B.,B.Ch., Ph.D.

Chief, Division of Computational Genetics, Einstein

Director, Center for Epigenomics, Einstein

The Ruth L. and David S. Gottesman Faculty Scholar for Epigenomics, Einstein

Attending Physician, Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital at Montefiore

GeneticsEpigenetics/epigenomics

Dr. Greally began his career as a pediatrician who subspecialized in clinical genetics, seeing patients with genetic syndromes, birth defects and developmental problems. Now, Dr. Greally seeks to understand how genetic disease is caused not by DNA mutations, but due to abnormalities in how genes are switched off and on – a field known as epigenomics.  read more...

 

William R. Jacobs, Jr., Ph.D.

William R. Jacobs, Jr., Ph.D.

Professor, Microbiology & Immunology, Einstein

Professor, Genetics, Einstein

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Infectious diseasesTuberculosis (TB)Vaccines

Molecular genetics

Dr. Jacobs is pioneering the use of molecular genetics to control tuberculosis (TB), which kills nearly two million people a year. His research is identifying the genes that make Mycobacterium  tuberculosis (MTB) - the bacteria that causes TB -  virulent, identifying new drug targets and engineering weakened strains that can be used as live vaccines. Dr. Jacobs was the first scientist to introduce foreign DNA into MTB, a technique now regularly used by TB investigators around the world. read more...

 

Nir Barzilai, M.D.

Nir Barzilai, M.D.

Professor, Medicine (Endocrinology)

Director, Institute for Aging Research

Director, Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging

Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert Chair of Aging Research

AgingBiology of agingLongevity genes

Dr. Barzilai discovered the first “longevity gene” in humans. His research established that the gene variant that leads to high HDL, or “good cholesterol,” is linked to healthy aging and extreme longevity. Dr. Barzilai has been profiled by major outlets, including The New York Times and PBS’ “NOVA scienceNow.” read more...

 

Robert W. Marion, M.D.

Robert W. Marion, M.D.

Professor, Pediatrics (Genetics), Einstein

Chief, Genetics and Developmental Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center

Director, Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC)

Ruth L. Gottesman Professor of Developmental Pediatrics, Einstein

Genetic diseasesAutismSudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)Developmental disabilitiesDown syndromeBirth defects

Dr. Marion is an internationally recognized pediatric geneticist who specializes in diagnosing and treating children with autism spectrum disorders and genetic diseases. His work with the Aguirre brothers, twins who were joined at the head and then separated, made national news in 2004. He played a key role in establishing the CardioGenetics center of Einstein and Montefiore, which provides care for families of individuals who have suffered sudden unexpected cardiac death. He also treats children with neurofibromatosis, autism spectrum disorder and spina bifida. read more...

 

Jan Vijg, Ph.D.

Jan Vijg, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Genetics

Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Lola and Saul Kramer Chair in Molecular Genetics

GeneticsGenomic instabilityAging

Cancer

Dr. Vijg studies the molecular genetic changes associated with aging. Instability of genome and epigenome – the entire set of an organism’s genes and the switches that control their activity –  has long been implicated as the main cause of cancer and of the loss of organ and tissue function associated with aging. read more...

 

Roy S. Chuck, M.D., Ph.D.

Roy S. Chuck, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center

Professor, Genetics, Einstein

Eye diseaseDry eyeStem cell research

Stem cell treatmentCorneal restorationLaser surgery

Dr. Chuck is a prominent stem cell and dry eye researcher and one of the youngest ophthalmology chairs in the country. He is a cornea specialist with expertise in the field of laser techniques, including LASIK surgery. Dr. Chuck has been featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America” discussing the increased rate of nearsightedness in the United States. read more...