Faculty and Research

Mariano Garcia-Blanco, MD, PhD
Charles D. Watts Professor

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Mariano A. Garcia-Blanco MD, PhD, is the Charles D. Watts Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, and Medicine, and Director of the Center for RNA Biology at Duke University in the USA. He is also Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore. Professor Garcia-Blanco obtained his AB in Biochemical Sciences at Harvard College, and his MD and PhD (in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry) at Yale University. He obtained his postdoctoral training in RNA biology with Nobel laureate Phillip A. Sharp at MIT. Professor Garcia-Blanco is an internationally recognized expert in RNA biology and is an author of more than 120 scientific publications. Additionally, he co-founded Intronn Inc. (now VIRxSYS, Rockville, MD, USA) to develop a novel trans-splicing RNA therapy, and Veri-Q Inc. (part of Proteome Sciences plc, Cobham, UK), to commercialize reagents for the quality control of chemically synthesized nucleic acids, and more recently Singapore Advanced Biologics Pte Ltd (SABio). Professor Garcia-Blanco has served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for European Alternative Splicing Network of Excellence (EU), National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council (NIH, USA), and 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). In 2011 he was elected to the Association of American Physicians (AAP), in 2012 fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and in 2013 fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.