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Personal Biography of Kenneth Ramos

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Dr. Kenneth Ramos is Distinguished University Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Director of the Center for Environmental Genomics and Integrative Biology.  He is a leading expert in the study of gene-environment interactions and personalized and genomic medicine. His research program integrates diverse approaches ranging from molecular genetics to population-based public health studies and his published work has focused on genetic and epigenetic determinants of disease susceptibility, computational biology, molecular biology of adhesion and oxidative stress, and molecular signaling. Ongoing preclinical work in his laboratory focuses on the study of repetitive genetic elements in the mammalian genome and their role in genome plasticity and disease, while clinical studies focus on the characterization of diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers for chronic disease and cancer to advance personalized and preventive medicine. 

Dr. Ramos completed a B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Chemistry (Magna Cum Laude) at the University of Puerto Rico, a Ph.D. in Biochemical Pharmacology at the University of Texas at Austin, and an M.D. degree with postgraduate preliminary training in Internal Medicine at the University of Louisville Health Sciences Center.  He has held faculty positions at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Texas A&M University and the University of Louisville School of Medicine.  He is currently affiliated with the Center for Environmental Genomics and Integrative Biology, James Graham Brown Cancer Center, Center for Genetics and Molecular Medicine, Birth Defects Center, Gheens Center for Aging, and Center for Environmental and Regulatory Metabolomics. 

Dr. Ramos is recipient of the Society of Toxicology Achievement Award, AstraZeneca Traveling Lectureship Award and Distinguished Service Award from the American Heart Association.  He was named Associate of the National Academy of Sciences and Fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences.

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