Photo JIMENEZ-SANCHEZ 2012

Gerardo Jimenez-Sanchez

Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology

Department of Epidemiology

Department of Epidemiology

655 Huntington Avenue
Building II, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617.432.0093
gjimenez@hsph.harvard.edu

Other Affiliations

  • Chairman, Working Party on Biotechnology, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Developmet (OECD).
  • Executive President, Global Biotech Consulting Group.
  • Board Member, and Chair of Genomics & Bioeconomy Committee, Human Genome Organization (HUGO).
  • President, Genomica y Bioeconomia.
  • Board Member, Public Population Project in Genomics and Society (P3G).
  • International Forum | Genomics, Innovation and Economic Growth
    International Forum: Genomics, innovation and economic growth

Research

The unifying theme of Dr. Jimenez’s research is how genomics influences our knowledge of biology, and how its applications begin to influence medical practice and economic growth.

To contribute developing a platform for genomic medicine, a catalog for genetic variation in Mexican populations was developed by his group. This genomic map has served as the basis to conduct association studies to identify local variations that modify risks to common diseases.

Furthermore, the social implications of genomics are of most interest. Particularly in the context of emerging economies, where life sciences powered by genomics represent an opportunity to join the knowledge economy, though innovation that can serve the purpose of local industries such as healthcare, food, and environmental, among others.

Background

Professor Gerardo Jimenez-Sanchez was born in Mexico City. He is a medical doctor, a certified pediatrician, he holds a PhD in Human Genetics and Molecular Biology from Johns Hopkins and a degree in business administration. He is a professor of genomic medicine at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and a member of the Medical and Scientific Board to the Social Security and Social Services Institute in Mexico.

Professor Jimenez is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He chairs the initiative on genomics and bioeconomy in Mexico. He was the founder Director of the National Institute of Genomic Medicine (INMEGEN) in Mexico, director of the Mexican Genomic Diversity Project, and Chief Scientific Officer at Biofields. He has served as a Council Member in Biotechnology to the United Nations Secretary General.

He is currently a member of the Scientific Council for the Grand Challenges in Genomics at the World Health Organization. He serves as a Council member to the Human Genome Organization (HUGO), and as President of HUGO’s Committee of Genomics and Bioeconomy. He is a Board Member for the Public Population Projects in Genomics and Society (P3G), former President of the Mexican Society of Genomic Medicine and President of the I & II National Congresses in Genomic Medicine in Mexico.

Prof. Jimenez is a member of international scientific societies and has received prestigious awards for research and institutional accomplishments. He is author and co-author of research articles, chapters and books in pediatrics, genomics, and bioeconomy.

Education

M.D., 1990, UNAM.
Residency in Pediatrics, 1993, National Institute of Pediatrics, Mexico.
Ph.D. in Human Genetics & Molecular Biology, 2000, Johns Hopkins University.
Business administration, (2003), IPADE.

Links

International Forum | Genomics, Innovation and Economic Growth
Harnessing science, technology and industry for sustainable development
https://www.gbcbiotech.com/foro_internacional/program.html

HUGO Committee on Genomics and Bioeconomy
http://www.hugo-international.org/comm_genomicsandbioeconomy.php

Genomica y bioeconomia
http://genomicaybioeconomia.org/en/home.html

Forum on Marine Biotechnology
http://www.oecd.org/fr/sti/politiquessurlabiotechnologie/forumonmarinebiotechnology30-31may2012agendaandpresentations.htm

Global Forum on Biotechnology: The Evolving Promise of the Life Sciences
http://www.oecd.org/environment/evolvingpromiseofthelifesciences.htm

The Six Academies Symposium Synthetic Biology for the Next Generation
http://events.tvworldwide.com/Events/IOM/NAS120612.aspx?VID=events/nas/120612_NAS_SyntheticBiology_1300_v2.flv