Bruce J. Aronow, PhD

Co-director, Computational Medicine Center

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-0263

Fax 513-636-2056


Dr. Aronow's research is devoted to unraveling both the role and mechanism by which the functional capabilities of the human genome shape human health and our ability to adapt to stressful challenges. His lab is using a variety of available structural and functional genomic and biological systems descriptive data to form models of how biological systems assemble, adapt and become impaired in disease. The lab's overall hypothesis is that by interconnecting as much experimental and observational information as possible, we can gain new insights into the mechanisms by which different biological systems can achieve health or healthy adaptation, or undergo disease processes. More specific, with the co-leadership of Anil Jegga, DVM, the lab is identifying genetic features that control gene expression including cis-elements, trans factors and microRNAs, which normally work together in extended cell, tissue, organ and systems networks to enable development and homeostasis. Alterations of these features can alter phenotypes and increase or decrease disease. Some of the lab's work includes the identification of conserved, diverged and evolved cis-element clusters that are acted on by transcription and chromatin proteins. The lab has developed a Web-based tool called GenomeTraFaC that at present allows discovery of shared cis-elements in conserved non-coding sequences of mice and humans.

BS: Chemistry, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 1976.

PhD: Biochemistry, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 1986.

Research Fellowship: Division of Basic Science Research, Cincinnati Children's Research Foundation, Cincinnati, OH, 1986-1989.

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Barnes MG, Grom AA, Thompson SD, Griffin TA, Pavlidis P, Itert L, et al. Subtype-specific peripheral blood gene expression profiles in recent-onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Arthritis and rheumatism. 2009 Jul;60(7):2102-12.

Qu XA, Gudivada RC, Jegga AG, Neumann EK, Aronow BJ. Inferring novel disease indications for known drugs by semantically linking drug action and disease mechanism relationships. BMC Bioinformatics. 2009 May;10 Suppl 5:S4.

Gu Y, Harley IT, Henderson LB, Aronow BJ, Vietor I, Huber LA, et al. Identification of IFRD1 as a modifier gene for cystic fibrosis lung disease. Nature. 2009 Apr 23;458(7241):1039-42.

Nishijo K, Chen QR, Zhang L, McCleish AT, Rodriguez A, Cho MJ, et al. Credentialing a preclinical mouse model of alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma. Cancer Res. 2009 Apr 1;69(7):2902-11.

Chen J, Aronow BJ, Jegga AG. Disease candidate gene identification and prioritization using protein interaction networks. BMC Bioinformatics. 2009 Feb;10:73.

Shen H, Powers N, Saini N, Comstock CE, Sharma A, Weaver K, et al. The SWI/SNF ATPase Brm is a gatekeeper of proliferative control in prostate cancer. Cancer Res. 2008 Dec 15;68(24):10154-62.

Brunskill EW, Aronow BJ, Georgas K, Rumballe B, Valerius MT, Aronow J, et al. Atlas of gene expression in the developing kidney at microanatomic resolution. Developmental cell. 2008 Nov;15(5):781-91.

Mahller YY, Sakthivel B, Baird WH, Aronow BJ, Hsu YH, Cripe TP, et al. Molecular analysis of human cancer cells infected by an oncolytic HSV-1 reveals multiple upregulated cellular genes and a role for SOCS1 in virus replication. Cancer Gene Ther. 2008 Nov;15(11):733-41.

Kucherlapati MH, Yang K, Fan K, Kuraguchi M, Sonkin D, Rosulek A, et al. Loss of Rb1 in the gastrointestinal tract of Apc1638N mice promotes tumors of the cecum and proximal colon. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Oct 7;105(40):15493-8.

Gudivada RC, Qu XA, Chen J, Jegga AG, Neumann EK, Aronow BJ. Identifying disease-causal genes using Semantic Web-based representation of integrated genomic and phenomic knowledge. J Biomed Inform. 2008 Oct;41(5):717-29.