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The Speakers

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Winsconsin, USA

Dr. Raul Urrutia is the Director of the Mellowes Center for Genomic Sciences and Precision Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). He holds the Warren P. Knowles Chair of Genomics and Precision Medicine endowed chair and is a full professor in the Department of Surgery. He is also the Associate Director of Precision Medicine and Co-Director of Data Science at CTSI. Dr. Urrutia received his MD and basic science training at the University of Cordoba, Argentina where he performed his first studies on genomic changes in pancreatic cancer as induced by diet. Subsequently, he worked at the National Institute of Health (NIH), during the human genomic project. He then joined the faculty of the Mayo Clinic where he continued his work on gene isoforms, gene regulation, bioinformatic-based gene network analyses, and structural bioinformatics. He then joined MCW in 2017 where he has used his knowledge of multi-omics, computational biophysics, biochemistry, and data science for system biology to both, continue his research and enable the work of other centers, institutes, and departments. In genomics, Dr. Urrutia's work led to the discovery of several families of genes belonging to the kinesin, myosin, and dynamin families. In epigenomics, his laboratory is world-recognized for discovering and studying reprogramming factors (KLFs) and chromatin regulators. In the area of Data Science and System Biology, one of his focused efforts involves multidimensional data integration that has led to fundamental emergent properties of complex systems. Dr. Urrutia has been continuously funded by the NIH for almost 30 years with more than 240 peer-reviewed publications over multiple areas of biomedical importance, including cancer and inherited diseases across disciplines including genomics, epigenomics, biochemistry, physiology, and data analytics.

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