Mariano Garcia-Blanco_close-upMariano Garcia-Blanco, MD, PhD

From 1990 to 2014 Dr. Garcia-Blanco was at Duke University where he was the Charles D. Watts Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, and Medicine, and Director of the Center for RNA Biology. He is an internationally recognized expert in RNA biology and virology, and is an author of more than 165 scientific publications, and has been continuously NIH funded since the early 1990s. Dr. Garcia-Blanco has mentored thirteen doctoral students and thirty postdoctoral fellows. Additionally, he was scientific founder of Intronn Inc. (VIRxSYS, Rockville, MD, USA), Veri-Q Inc. (part of Proteome Sciences plc, Cobham, UK), Singapore Advanced Biologics Pte Ltd (SABio), and Autoimmunity Biologic Solutions, Inc. (ABS). Professor Garcia-Blanco has served as a member of Scientific Advisory Board for European Alternative Splicing Network of Excellence (EU), National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council (NIH, USA), and a Trustee of the Puerto Rico Trust for Science, Research and Technology. He is currently a member of the Council of Scientific Advisers for the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (United Nations). He is a member of the editorial board of Scientific Reports and RNA. Dr. Garcia-Blanco was a Raymond and Beverly Sackler Scholar (1997-2002), elected to the Association of American Physicians (2011), fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2012), and fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (2013).

Dr. Garcia-Blanco has dedicated his career to study how RNA-protein interactions regulate gene expression in cells and viruses.