Xander H.T. Wehrens

Baylor College of Medicine, USA

Xander H.T. Wehrens, M.D., Ph.D., serves as an Associate Professor at the Departments of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, and Medicine (in cardiology) at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. He received his M.D. degree and Ph.D. degree in cardiac electrophysiology from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. His research has mainly focused on molecular mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias and congestive heart failure, with an emphasis on those types caused by inherited defects in ion channels and proteins that regulate ion channel function. From 2002 until 2005, he worked under the mentorship of Dr. Andrew Marks at Columbia University in New York. This work lead to the discovery of common molecular defects in calcium release channels that contribute to both heart failure and fatal cardiac arrhythmias and the development of a new class of drugs, which stabilize ion channel protein-protein interactions in the heart, currently in clinical trials. Dr. Wehrens’ scientific work has been published in more than 90 papers in journals such as Cell, Science, and Journal of Clinical Investigation. Dr. Wehrens has received multiple honors and awards for his scholarly and research accomplishments, including the International Clinical Research Award from the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation, the Basil O'Connor Scholar Research Award from the March of Dimes Foundation, and the Distinguished Young Scholar Award from the W.M. Keck Foundation. Dr. Wehrens serves as a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society and European Society of Cardiology and Member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation. He serves as an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Cardiology, and serves on the Editorial Boards of Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology, Heart Rhythm, American Journal of Physiology, and Acta Pharmacologica Sinica. Dr. Wehrens also has a keen interest in medical and postgraduate education. He currently serves as the Codirector of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at Baylor College of Medicine.

Biography Updated on 24 January 2011

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