Dr. Rojas-Muñoz is an Instructor affiliated to the Cardiovascular Institute at the Stanford School of Medicine. He obtained his PhD in Genetics in 2005 under the direction of the Nobel Laureate Dr. Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen, Germany, where he generated, mapped and characterized genetic mutations affecting vertebrate eye development using zebrafish as a model system. Later, he continued his training at the Salk Institute in La Jolla under the direction of Dr. Juan Carlos Izpisúa-Belmonte, implementing the use of small compounds together with forward genetics to study epimorphic regeneration. In 2008 Dr. Rojas-Muñoz joined the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (SBMRI) where he participated in the development of a research program focused in the physiology of the cardiovascular system in vertebrates and established an assay development and screening unit within the Conrad Prebys Center for Chemical Genomics (CPCCG). Under his operation, the use of miRNA screening coupled with target identification and systems analysis was successful in revealing cellular signaling pathways and proteins that regulate myocardial physiology and protection. Most recently, his research efforts in characterizing the effect of miR-25 inhibition on cardiac function have been highlighted in Nature. Before joining Stanford Dr. Rojas-Muñoz was appointed Assistant Project Scientist in the Bioengineering department at the University of California San Diego. Building on his previous experience, Dr. Rojas-Muñoz’s long term goal is to use an integrated approach to understand the functions of miRNAs in cardiovascular biology and disease.
Instructor, Cardiovascular Institute
Dr. rer. nat., Tubingen University, Genetics (2005)
Agustin Rojas-Munoz, Christine Wahlquist, Mark Mercola, A Colas, Roger J. Hajjar, Dongtak Jeong. "United States Patent 20140243387 Methods for improving cardiac contractility", Sanford-Burnham Medical Reserach Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Aug 28, 2014