Genetics and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Dr. Dave Vigerust with MyGenetx

43 minutes · 2018

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As we join Springbrook Behavioral Health for their annual conference Converge Autism with our podcast it was important to interview Dr. Dave Vigerust, Chief Science Officer of MyGenetx. Our Program Director, Melanie Vann, is intimately familiar with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She and Dr. Vigerust discuss the latest research regarding genetics testing and how MyGenetx is playing a role in Autism Spectrum Disorder research.

Dr. Vigerust is a strategic scientist, consultant, teacher, and inventor, particularly in the areas of infectious disease, oncology, genetics, pharmacogenetics (PGx) and immunology. Dr. Vigerust earned his BS degree from the University of Texas at El Paso in Biology and Chemistry, a MS degree in Immunology and Microbiology from Texas Tech University and his Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Pathology from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He completed postdoctoral fellowships in infectious disease first at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and second at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the Department of Pediatrics. After completing his fellowships in 2009, he joined the faculty of Vanderbilt School of Medicine in the Department of Pathology, Immunology and Microbiology and was concurrently a Health Research Scientist for the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Vigerust currently maintains an Adjunct Assistant Professor position at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the Department of Neurological Surgery and is Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy. In 2014 he joined MyGenetx Clinical Laboratory as the Chief Scientific Officer and directs the scientific and educational missions of the lab.


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