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Sanjay Bidichandani, MBBS, PhD

Sanjay Bidichandani, MBBS, PhD

Genetics Section Chief

405.271.1358

Sanjay-Bidichandani@ouhsc.edu


Director, Genetics Research Laboratory
CHF Claire Gordon Duncan Chair
David L. Boren Professor of Pediatrics
Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology


Education:

University of Poona, India
 
 M.B.B.S.
 
1990
     
Medicine (M.D.)
 
University of Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.
      
 M.Sc.
 
1991
 
Medical Genetics
 
University of Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.  
 
 Ph.D.
 
1994
 
Medical Genetics
 
Baylor College of Medicine,
Houston, TX

 
 Postdoctoral      
 Fellowship

 
1996   

 
Neurology/Genetics


Clinical/Research Interests:

R01 NS072418; Bidichandani (PI); 2010 - 201​7 (no cost extension) 
NIH/NINDS  
Title: RNA-induced transcriptional gene silencing in Friedreich ataxia
Goal: To investigate the mechanism of epigenetic silencing of the FXN gene seen in patients with Friedreich ataxia.

MDA344862;  BIdichandani (PI); 2015 - 2018
MDA
Title: Epigenetic silencing in Friedreich ataxia
Goal: To investigate the mechanism of FXN transcriptional deficiency in Friedreich ataxia and to explore ways to reverse the epigenetic FXN promoter silencing. 

BioMarin Pharmaceutical; Bidichandani (PI); 2017 - 2018
Title: FXN DNA methylation as a biomarker for response to HDAC inhibitor treatment in Friedreich ataxia
Goal: ​To test if the level of FXN DNA methylation level can predict response to next generation HDAC inhibitor treatment in Friedreich ataxia.

FARA; Bidichandani (PI); 2016 - 2018
Friedreich Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA)
Title: Is FXN DNA methylation a determinant of response to HDAC inhibitor treatment in Friedreich ataxia?
Goal: To test if the level of FXN DNA methylation level can predict response to HDAC inhibitor treatment in Friedreich ataxia.


Select Honors & Accomplishments:

1995-1997   Muscular Dystrophy Association Postdoctoral Fellowship
2000-2003   American Heart Association Scientist Development Award
2004            Aesculapian Award for Excellence in Teaching [OU College of Medicine]
2005            Panos Ioannou Mem Prize, Ataxia Symposium, Neurology Congress [Australia]
2006            Aesculapian Award for Excellence in Teaching [OU College of Medicine]
2006            William Koller Memorial Award, Movement Disorder Society [Japan]
2010            University of Oklahoma Board of Regents Award for Superior Teaching
2011            Aesculapian Award for Excellence in Teaching [OU College of Medicine]
2013            Henry Turner Lectureship, Internal Medicine, [OU College of Medicine]
201​3            Inducted to the Academy of Teaching Scholars, [OU College of Medicine]
2014            Appointed as Honorary Guest Professor at Jilin University [Changchun, China]
2016            Aesculapian Award for Excellence in Teaching [OU College of Medicine]
2017            Stanton L. Young Master Teacher Award [OU College of Medicine]