Dr. Ortiz-Gonzalez is a physician-scientist specializing in pediatric neurogenetics. Her clinical work focuses on finding a unifying genetic diagnosis for children with rare neurodevelopmental disorders. Her research is informed by her patients and focuses on understanding how genetic changes, in particular those affecting mitochondrial function, cause disease so we can develop better treatments for these children in the future.
Dr. Bhoj's genetics research aims to discover new human disease genes, their mechanisms, and potential targeted therapies. In addition to ongoing gene discovery efforts, Dr. Bhoj focuses on three novel genes that lead to pediatric neurologic dysfunction: TBC1 domain-containing kinase, Histone 3.3 (H3F3A and H3F3B), and MAP4K4.
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This information is intended for families and caregivers of patients with mutations in the TBC1 DOMAIN-CONTAINING KINASE (TBCK) gene, including clinical data, molecular data, management and research options.
Thousands of children are suspected to have a genetic disorder but have no diagnosis, even after expert evaluation. Many of these children have yet-undiscovered genetic syndromes, and the Bhoj Lab aims to provide answers to families about their child's medical issues and work toward targeted therapies for genetic disorders. The lab uses advanced sequencing technology to identify these novel syndromes. Two of the syndromes focused on in the lab are caused by disruption of Histone 3.3 (H3F3A and H3F3B) and TBC1 domain-containing Kinase (TBCK).