C. Alexander Valencia, PhD

Assistant Director, Molecular Genetics Laboratory

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-803-9033

Email alexander.valencia@cchmc.org

Proteomics, apoptosis, degradomics, protein-protein interactions, genomics, clinical molecular genetics, genetic testing, molecular diagnostics, next-generation sequencing  

C. Alexander Valencia, PhD, is a biochemist and clinical molecular geneticist who has basic and translational research programs in genomics and proteomics. His laboratory studies the biochemical mechanisms of apoptosis through a novel proteomic method called mRNA-display. Moreover, his translational research program, in the area of clinical molecular genetics, addresses the implementation of new molecular diagnostic platforms, including next-generation sequencing, in clinical genetic testing.

PhD: Ottawa-Carleton Institute of Biology, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, 2004.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: Carolina Center for Genome Sciences and Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, 2009.

Clinical Fellowship: Clinical Molecular Genetics, Department of Human Genetics, Emory University School of Medicine, GA, 2012.

Valencia CA, Rhodenizer D, Bhide S, Chin E, Littlejohn MR, Keong LM, Rutkowski A, Bonnemann C, Hegde M. Assessment of target enrichment platforms using massively parallel sequencing for the mutation detection for congenital muscular dystrophy. J Mol Diagn. 2012;14:233-246.

Cotten SW, Zou J, Valencia CA, Liu R. Selection of proteins with desired properties from natural proteome libraries using mRNA display. Nature Protocols. 2011;6:1163–1182.

Simnick AJ, Valencia CA, Liu R, Chilkoti A. Morphing low-affinity ligands into high-avidity nanoparticles by thermally triggered self-assembly of a genetically encoded polymer. ACS Nano. 2010;4:2217-2227.

Valencia CA, Cotten SW, Dong B, Liu R. mRNA-display-based selections for proteins with desired functions: a protease-substrate case study. Biotechnol. Prog. 2008;24:561-569.

Valencia CA, Cotten SW, Ju W, Duan J, Liu R. Modulation of Nucleobindin-1 and -2 by caspases. FEBS Lett. 2008;582:286–290.

Ju W, Valencia CA, Pang H, Ke Y, Gao W, Liu R. Proteome-wide identification of member-specific natural substrate repertoire of caspases. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2007;104:14294–14299.     

Dong B, Valencia CA, Liu R. Ca2+/Calmodulin directly interacts with the Pleckstrin Homology Domain of AKT1. J Biol Chem. 2007;282:25131-25140.       

Valencia CA, Bailey C, Liu R. Novel Zebrafish caspase 3 substrates. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2007;361:311-316.

Shen X, Valencia CA, Szostak J, Dong B, Liu R. Scanning the human proteome for calmodulin-binding proteins. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2005;102:5969-5974.

Taboada EN, Acedillo RR, Carrillo CD, Findlay WA, Medeiros DT, Mykytczuk OL, Roberts MJ, Valencia CA, Farber JM, Nash JH. Large-scale comparative genomics meta-analysis of Campylobacter jejuni isolates reveals low level of genome plasticity. J Clin Microbiol. 2004;42:4566-4576.