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Eric Olson

Eric Olson

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Dr. Olson grew up in North Carolina and attended Wake Forest University, receiving a B.A. in Chemistry and Biology, a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, and an honorary doctorate. After postdoctoral training at Washington University School of Medicine, he began his scientific career at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. In 1995, he founded the Department of Molecular Biology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Eric Olson has dedicated his career to deciphering the mechanisms that control development and disease of the heart, cardiovascular system and skeletal muscle tissue. He and his colleagues discovered many of the key transcription factors and mechanisms responsible for cardiac gene regulation and formation of the heart and other muscles. His work provided a genetic blueprint for tissue formation and unveiled the molecular underpinnings of congenital and acquired diseases of the heart. Olson also discovered epigenetic mechanisms and microRNAs as regulators of muscle development and disease. Olson is among the most highly cited researchers, with his publications cited over 90,000 times in the literature. He has trained numerous students and postdoctoral fellows, many of whom are emerging as the next generation of leaders in cardiovascular biology. Dr. Olson co-founded multiple biotechnology companies to translate basic discoveries into new therapeutics for muscle disease. He was co-founder of Myogen, Inc., a biotechnology company focusing on therapies for heart muscle disease. In 2007, he co-founded miRagen Therapeutics, which is developing new therapeutics for cardiovascular disease, based on microRNAs. In 2015, he founded Exonics Therapeutics, which is working to correct Duchenne muscular dystrophy and other muscle diseases by genome editing.In his spare time, Eric Olson plays guitar and harmonica with The Transactivators, a rock band inspired by the Texas icon, Willie Nelson, who created the Professorship that Olson holds.

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