Yogesh Wairkar, Ph.D., is a program director for the Genetic Mechanisms Branch in the
Division of Genetics and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. He oversees grants in the area of transcriptional mechanisms and Pathway to Independence (K99) awards. He’s a geneticist and cell biologist by training whose primary research focused on the development, maintenance, and degeneration of synapses—-the fundamental communication links in the nervous system.
Before joining NIH, Wairkar was an assistant professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch, where he worked toward understanding the failure of synaptic communication in neurodegenerative diseases.
He earned a Ph.D. from the department of genetics at the University of Cambridge and completed his postdoctoral training at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
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