Fred A. Pereira

Baylor College of Medicine, USA


Fred A. Pereira obtained a Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from the University of Manitoba, Canada studying the biology of the androgen-binding proteins. He joined the Baylor College of Medicine in 1993 as a Fellow in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology where he pioneered the analysis of orphan nuclear receptors through molecular biology and gene targeting technologies. Between 1997 and 1999, he moved up the faculty ranks and established his current laboratory in 1999. Dr. Pereira is a tenured Associate Professor in the Huffington Center on Aging and Departments of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery and Molecular and Cellular Biology at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Tex, USA. His laboratory group focuses on the genetics and physiology of age-dependent hearing loss; where hearing loss is the most common sensory impairment, affecting 1 to 6 per 1000 newborns, nearly 10% of the adult population and 50% of those over age 75. The long-term goals are to enhance, protect, repair, or regenerate hair cells, supporting cells, and associated nerves in the mammalian hearing organ and neurons in the auditory cortex that are loss with age, noise, or trauma or due to chemotherapeutic insults. His studies hope to provide insights into understanding human disorders of auditory and neuronal function and to develop pharmacologic, gene, or cell-based therapy to improve the quality of life during aging and cancer. He is a Member of the Society for Neuroscience and Association for Research in Otolaryngology and is an Editorial Board Member of the World Journal of Otorhinolaryngology (2011–2015). He is an Ad Hoc Reviewer for more than 20 journals including the Journal of Neuroscience, Development, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America—Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. (PNAS).

Biography Updated on 17 October 2011

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