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Farhad Imam

TitleAssistant Adjunct Professor
InstitutionUniversity of California San Diego
DepartmentPediatrics
Address9500 Gilman Drive #0734
La Jolla CA 92093
Phone858-822-4661
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    Acutely ill premature and term newborn infants are exposed to environmental perturbations such as high/low oxygen or temperature as part of their disease process. These perturbations can cause cellular damage during a critical time of maturation for the brain and other organs, contributing to disorders such as cerebral palsy, autism and seizures.

    Dr. Imam has established an animal model to study acute and repetitive stress during embryogenesis and have used it to identify novel, conserved stress-protective genes using genetic and genomic strategies. These novel genes may provide additional insight into stress-protective and hypoxia-protective mechanisms, and ultimately therapeutic strategies for acutely ill and/or preterm infants.


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    Mechanistic Insights into Hypoxic Preconditioning using Genetic and Genomic Approaches in Zebrafish
    NIH/NHLBI K08HL134579Aug 1, 2016 - Jul 31, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Trans-illumination of visible light for real-time catheter visualization
    NIH/NCI R43CA162857Sep 16, 2011 - Jun 30, 2013
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Marin-Valencia I, Novarino G, Johansen A, Rosti B, Issa MY, Musaev D, Bhat G, Scott E, Silhavy JL, Stanley V, Rosti RO, Gleeson JW, Imam F, Zaki MS, Gleeson JG. A homozygous founder mutation in TRAPPC6B associates with a neurodevelopmental disorder characterised by microcephaly, epilepsy and autistic features. J Med Genet. 2018 Jan; 55(1):48-54. PMID: 28626029.
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    2. Han T, Yang CS, Chang KY, Zhang D, Imam F, Rana TM. Identification of novel genes and networks governing hematopoietic stem cell development. EMBO Rep. 2016 12; 17(12):1814-1828. PMID: 27797851.
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    3. Manchenkov T, Pasillas MP, Haddad GG, Imam F. Novel Genes Critical for Hypoxic Preconditioning in Zebrafish Are Regulators of Insulin and Glucose Metabolism. G3 (Bethesda). 2015 Apr 03; 5(6):1107-16. PMID: 25840431; PMCID: PMC4478541.
    4. Cloete E, Battin MR, Imam F, Teele RL. Ossification of sacral vertebral bodies in neonates born 24 to 38 weeks' gestational age and its relevance to spinal ultrasonography. Am J Perinatol. 2013 Jun; 30(6):519-22. PMID: 23254382.
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    5. Vastenhouw NL, Zhang Y, Woods IG, Imam F, Regev A, Liu XS, Rinn J, Schier AF. Chromatin signature of embryonic pluripotency is established during genome activation. Nature. 2010 Apr 08; 464(7290):922-6. PMID: 20336069; PMCID: PMC2874748.
    6. Raychaudhuri S, Chang JT, Imam F, Altman RB. The computational analysis of scientific literature to define and recognize gene expression clusters. Nucleic Acids Res. 2003 Aug 01; 31(15):4553-60. PMID: 12888516; PMCID: PMC169898.
    7. Arbeitman MN, Furlong EE, Imam F, Johnson E, Null BH, Baker BS, Krasnow MA, Scott MP, Davis RW, White KP. Gene expression during the life cycle of Drosophila melanogaster. Science. 2002 Sep 27; 297(5590):2270-5. PMID: 12351791.
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