Pablo Perez-Pinera is an assistant professor in the Bioengineering Department. He is also faculty within the “Anticancer Discovery from Pets to People” theme in the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology and within the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. He earned an M.D. as well as a Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry from the University of Oviedo in Spain. Then he pursued postdoctoral training in synthetic biology focused on developing novel techniques for transcriptional regulation and genome engineering. Currently, his laboratory specializes in developing molecular tools for genomic and epigenomic editing which he utilizes for diverse applications in gene therapy and cancer research. For example, some of this work is focused on establishing rigorous computational frameworks for understanding the aberrant transcriptional and epigenetic networks in cancers and applying the resulting knowledge to devise novel therapeutic strategies that account for the genetic background of individual patients.