Rodolfo de la Vega Amador

PhD Student

Use of gene transfer to study and manipulate the biology of bone healing

Rodolfo obtained his medical degree in 2008 from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia. After working as a general physician for four years, in 2013 he moved to Boston, MA in the USA where he started his research career in gene therapy and bone healing at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard University. In 2015 he started working in the Musculoskeletal Gene Therapy Research Laboratory at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where he currently holds a research associate position. He started his PhD project with the MERLN Institute in 2019 where he is currently enrolled as an External PhD Candidate. His research project is focused on the use of gene therapy to understand and enhance the natural bone healing process, especially in large bone segmental defects that fail to heal. His aim is to potentiate the body’s own ability to regenerate bone by promoting the synthesis of proteins in cells within the bone defect, rather than using exogenous recombinant proteins.