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Associate Professor (Research) of Pediatrics (Stem Cell Transplantation)
Current Research and Scholarly Interests In the coming years, I plan to further determine the genetic and immunological basis of diseases with autoimmunity or immune dysregulation in children. I believe that much can still be learned from the in depth mechanistic studies of pediatric autoimmune diseases. Genomic analysis of the patients' samples has become possible which may provide a rapid indication of altered target molecules. I plan to implement robust functional studies to define the consequences of these genetic abnormalities and bridge them to the patient's clinical phenotype.
Understanding functional consequences of gene mutations in single case/family first and then validating the molecular and cellular defects in other patients with similar phenotypes, will anticipate and complement cellular and gene therapy strategies.
Michael H. Bachmann
Basic Life Sci Res Assoc, Pediatrics - Neonatology
Current Role at Stanford Research Scientist
Laura K. Bachrach
Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology) at the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Prevention of osteoporosis begins in childhood and adolescence by measures that maximize acquistion of bone mineral during the critical adolescent years. Body mass, calcium nutriture, physical activity, growth and sex steroid hormones, and genetic factors are all thought to be important determinants of bone mass although the relative contribution of each remains controversial.
Imelda Balboni, MD, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics - Rheumatology
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Pediatric systemic lupus erythematosus;
Proteomics and autoantigen microarray technology
Jorge A. Banda
Postdoctoral Research fellow, General Pediatrics
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Dr. Banda’s research aims to design, test, and disseminate creative solutions to prevent and treat childhood obesity. His research focuses on two areas: 1) using current generation triaxial accelerometers and innovative data analysis strategies to improve measures of sleep, sedentary behavior, and physical activity in youth, and 2) developing direct observation instruments and protocols to rigorously evaluate physical activity interventions.