Dr. Jagdeep Walia is a full-time faculty, Head of the Division of Medical Genetics in the Department of Pediatrics. He is an Associate Professor and a Medical Geneticist. Dr. Walia is a graduate of the Guru Nanak Dev University School of Medicine. He joined the Department in 2012 and also started a research program in 2013. His work in Medical Genetics includes consultation on a broad range of genetic problems in children and adults including Cancer, Prenatal, Metabolics and General Genetics. He teaches undergraduate students and residents in genetics.
His has an active clinical and basic genetics research program as well. His lab is focused on developing novel gene therapy approaches for inherited and acquired neurodegenerative disorders. Currently we are focusing on GM2-gangliosidoses (Tay-Sachs, Sandhoff diseases and AB variant) and use adeno-associated virus vector (AAV) system as a tool for gene transfer to the central and peripheral nervous system. His research has already shown very encouraging results in a mouse model increasing the survival to almost 3 fold for this fatal disease. His other research interest is to study genetic, epigenetic and metabolic changes in Autism.
Dr. Walia's publications are available on Google Scholar.