Cameron Pernia's Research Focus
Induced human pluripotent stem cell -Disease in a Dish- models are providing novel insights into complicated diseases that were not previously attainable. Specifically, central nervous system disorders with intricate behavioral symptoms have proven difficult to study at the cellular and molecular level. Utilizing iPSC technologies, human cell cultures from affected patients can be generated that are representative and predictive of the pathology underlying their disease. Cameron is interested in utilizing these stem cell tools to elucidate how changes in the molecular biology of the brain results in complex changes in behavior and cognition.
“To me, the most interesting biological phenomena in existence is complex human cognition and behavior. How structures on the microscopic and molecular levels interface to generate dynamic processes such as consciousness fascinates me, and drives me as a scientist. At Sanford-Burnham, I am blessed with the opportunity to find cutting edge answers to the questions that truly motivate me. Sanford-Burnham was the perfect choice for me. I wanted to obtain my Ph.D. from an accomplished faculty, where I could develop academically in a world-class scientific epicenter, and at an institute that would prioritize training me to become a premier researcher in my field. Sanford-Burnham offered all of that, as well as the opportunity to finish my studies before my peers at fellow institutions. A great feature of Sanford-Burnham's graduate school is its size, we have more faculty members than students, so I have easy access to mentors. I could not be happier with my decision to pursue my Ph.D. at Sanford-Burnham, and I am confident it will be one of the best choices I will ever make.“