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Translational Biology & Molecular Medicine

Houston, Texas

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Translational Biology & Molecular Medicine Graduate Program
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Alejandro Garbino, Ph.D.

Alejandro Garbino

Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Thesis Title: Bridging the Gap: The Physiological Role of Junctophilin-2 in Cardiac Health and Disease

Primary Mentor: Xander Wehrens, M.D., Ph.D.
Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Baylor College of Medicine

Secondary Mentor: Jeffrey Towbin, M.D.
Pediatric Cardiology
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Ph.D., Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, 2010
B.S., Physics, University of Houston

Current Position: Return to medical school to complete MD/PhD program, and residency training in emergency and aerospace medicine.

Awards and Honors

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow, 2007
  • Aerospace Medicine Student & Resident Organization Scholarship
    Aerospace Medicine Association, 2008
  • Jeffrey R. Davis Scholarship for Outstanding Student of Space Medicine
    Space Medicine Association, 2009
  • Best Poster Presentation TBMM 1st Annual Research Conference, 2009
  • 3rd place, Oral Presentation, TBMM 2nd Annual Research Conference, 2010
  • Best Student Presentation, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics Department, 2010


  • Garbino A*, Van Oort RJ*, Wang W, Dixit SS, Landstrom AP, Gaur N, DeAlmeida AC, Skapura DG, Rudy YG, Burns AR, Ackerman MJ, Wehrens XH. Disrupted Junctional Membrane Complexes and Hyperactive Ryanodine Receptors Following Acute Junctophilin Knockdown in Mice (Submitted).
  • Lansdtrom AP, Van Oort RJ, Dixit SS, Garbino A, Kellen CA, Weisleder N, Ma J, Wehrens XH, Ackerman MJ. Junctophilin-2 Expression Silencing Causes Cardiomyocyte Hypertrophy and Abnormal Ca2+ Handling (Submitted).
  • Garbino A, Wehrens XH. Emerging role of junctophilin-2 as a regulator of calcium handling in the heart. Acta Pharmacol Sin. 2010 Sep;31(9):1019-21. Epub 2010 Aug 9. PMID: 20694023.
  • Garbino A, Nusbaum D. Cell phones as a mobile medical platform. Aviat Space Environ Med. 2010 Jan;81(1):81. PMID: 20058744.
  • Garbino A, van Oort RJ, Dixit SS, Landstrom AP, Ackerman MJ, Wehrens XH. Molecular evolution of the junctophilin gene family. Physiol Genomics. 2009 May 13;37(3):175-86. Epub 2009 Mar 24. PMID: 19318539.

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