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Bionano Genomics: Aleks Rajkovic

Bionano Genomics has added Aleks Rajkovic to its board of directors. Rajkovic is the chief genomics officer at the University of California, San Francisco, and the medical director and chief of the Center for Genetic and Genomic Medicine at UCSF Health. Prior to his roles at UCSF,  Rajkovic was the chief of medical and laboratory genetics at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, overseeing the institution's cytogenomic, molecular genomic, and pregnancy screening laboratories as well as adult/cancer and prenatal genetic clinical services. Rajkovic has published more than 150 original peer-reviewed articles and has been the principal investigator for multiple NIH-funded studies. 


The Scan

Polygenic Risk Score to Predict Preeclampsia, Gestational Hypertension in Pregnant Women

Researchers in Nature Medicine provide new mechanistic insights into the development of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, which may help develop therapeutics.

New Oral Nanomedicine Strategy Targets Gut-Brain Axis to Treat IBD

A new paper in Science Advances describes a platform to design polyphenol-armored oral medicines that are effective at treating inflammatory bowel disease.

Phylogenetic Data Enables New Floristic Map

Researchers in Nature Communications use angiosperm phylogenetic data to refine the floristic regions of the world.

Machine Learning Helps ID Molecular Mechanisms of Pancreatic Islet Beta Cell Subtypes in Type 2 Diabetes

The approach helps overcome limitations of previous studies that had investigated the molecular mechanisms of pancreatic islet beta cells, the authors write in their Nature Genetics paper.