Precision Medicine

Precision medicine is an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person. The approach will allow doctors and researchers to predict more accurately which treatment and prevention strategies for a particular disease will work in which groups of people. It is in contrast to a “one-size-fits-all” approach, in which disease treatment and prevention strategies are developed for the average person, with less consideration of the differences between individuals.

Researchers at WID with expertise in complex biological systems, epigenetics, microbiomes, data science, gene editing, and tissue engineering will contribute to “healthy people” initiatives through precision medicine.

We are working to manage and utilize massive biological data sets to understand gene regulation, cellular reprogramming, precision medicine, and more.

Tissue Engineering
We are laying the research foundation for transformative scaffolding technologies and generating human tissues for regenerative medicine.

Gene Editing
We are using and improving the CRISPR-Cas9 system to make precise changes to DNA and developing treatments for myriad diseases and conditions.

We are creating and deploying novel nanomaterials for delivery of drugs, gene editing tools, and other technologies in medical contexts.

We examine how the epigenome switches genes ‘on’ or ‘off’ and is controlled by outside factors such as lifestyle and diet.

We study the communities of microorganisms that live on or in people, plants, soil, oceans, and the atmosphere and which influence human health and ecosystems.