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Cinthya Zepeda Mendoza

Cinthya Zepeda Mendoza

Mayo Clinic
I have a broad background in genomic sciences, with specific training in laboratory genetics and genomics, bioinformatics, and molecular genetics. As a graduate student at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, I carried out research on the structure of chromosomes upon the occurrence of copy-number variation. The intricate relationship between genome structure and function prompted me to pursue the study of human disease. As a postdoctoral fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, I laid the groundwork for the development of computational tools to aid in the identification of position effects for balanced chromosome rearrangements. This analysis provided answers for the etiology of disease of various individuals who, despite not having pathogenic mutations in coding genes, displayed structural variants affecting genomic regulatory pathways. I took this experience to the clinic by joining the Laboratory Genetics and Genomics fellowship from Mayo Clinic, where I focused in the analysis of complex chromosome rearrangements associated with congenital diseases, structural variation in hematological malignancies (with a focus on B-cell ALL), and the study of molecular signatures of adult diffuse gliomas. After completing my LGG fellowship, I transitioned to a medical director role at ARUP Laboratories, where I was also an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah. I am currently a Senior Associate Consultant at Mayo Clinic and also an Assistant Professor, where I have continued with my interest in human disease research, its diagnosis, and most importantly, the education of fellows and residents. It is my hope that my academic career and research path helps others find their own!