Dr. Tracey Weiler joined the FIU HWCOM in the summer of 2013 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human and Molecular Genetics. A native of Canada, she received her PhD from the University of Manitoba’s Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics in 2001. Her doctoral research focused on limb girdle muscular dystrophy in unique Manitoba populations. Dr. Weiler continued her studies at the University of Manitoba where she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Manitoba Centre for Proteomics and Systems Biology. During that time, she developed a novel high-throughput protocol for rapid, inexpensive identification of antibody specificity using affinity chromatography and MALDI-MS and MS/MS, collaborated on studies to identify urinary ß2-microglobulin degradation products as bio-markers of chronic kidney transplant rejection and led a team characterizing c19orf10, a novel protein over expressed in the rheumatoid synovium. She then moved to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center where her research focused on identification of genes involved in juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and methotrexate resistance in JIA. In 2009, Dr. Weiler moved to the Caribbean island of Nevis where she was an assistant professor at the Medical University of the Americas.
At HWCOM, Dr. Weiler is involved in genetics education of medical students throughout the undergraduate medical school curriculum. She is the Academic Director of the Graduate Certificate in Molecular and Biomedical Sciences (GCP), and the course director for GCP courses “Medical Molecular Biology” and “Medical Genetics”. She is a member of the Education Committee of the American College of Medical Genetics, the co-chair of the Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing Project Group of the Intersociety Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genetics, and the chair of the AAMC SGEA SIG “Pathways, Pipelines and Bridges”. She has published numerous peer-reviewed papers and presented her work at various national and international conferences.
Innovative Interdisciplinary Strategies in Medical Education Population Genetics in South Florida Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy and Miyoshi Myopathy Genomics Kidney Transplant Rejection Proteomics Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis GWAS Methotrexate Pharmacogenomics Bioinformatics