Israel Pichardo-Casas, Ph.D.

Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Israel Pichardo-CasasMy current research interests lie on the functional characterization of small open reading frames (smORFs) that appear throughout much of the intergenic regions of many genomes. Thousands of these putative genes remain to be validated but hold an extraordinary potential for bioactivity. We are currently utilizing several cellular models to identifying new genes with biological properties that will impact metabolism in the context of diabetes, obesity, rare mitochondrial diseases, and ultimately the processes of aging.
My previous research experience includes the study of a class of small non-coding RNAs, microRNAs, involved in synaptic transmission, muscle maintenance and aging, both in mammals and Drosophila.

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