Oscar Campos, PhD

Title(s)Postdoctoral Scholar, Cellular Molecular Pharmacology
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address600 16th Street, #N414
San Francisco CA 94158
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    Western University, London, CanadaB.Sc.06/2008Kinesiology
    Western University, London, CanadaM.Sc.06/2011Kinesiology
    University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CaliforniaPh.D.06/2018Molecular Biology

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    My PhD work in Siavash Kurdistani's Lab at UCLA was focused on uncovering the evolutionary origins of the eukaryotic epigenetic control machinery. This machinery, the core component of which is the histones, is unique to eukaryotes and critical for multicellular life. My teammates and I made the surprising and groundbreaking discovery that the histone H3 is an oxidoreductase enzyme. This function is critical for eukaryotic cells and raises the unprecedented and profound notion that histones may have first evolved to enable the eukaryotic ancestors to adapt to oxygenated life before being incorporated as a way to compact DNA or regulate gene expression.

    As a postdoc in Wendell Lim's lab at UCSF, I am expanding on my interests in epigenetics by developing a synthetic biology framework for engineering epigenetic and cell differentiation control systems in mammalian cells, with particular emphasis on CAR T cells. My goal is to develop a toolbox of synthetic cell circuits incorporating epigenetic regulation that will enable programmable differentiation of T cells into multiple subtypes with complementary therapeutic phenotypes.

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    1. A pathogenic role for histone H3 copper reductase activity in a yeast model of Friedreich's ataxia. Sci Adv. 2021 Dec 17; 7(51):eabj9889. Campos OA, Attar N, Cheng C, Vogelauer M, Mallipeddi NV, Schmollinger S, Matulionis N, Christofk HR, Merchant SS, Kurdistani SK. PMID: 34919435; PMCID: PMC8682991.
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    2. The histone H3-H4 tetramer is a copper reductase enzyme. Science. 2020 07 03; 369(6499):59-64. Attar N, Campos OA, Vogelauer M, Cheng C, Xue Y, Schmollinger S, Salwinski L, Mallipeddi NV, Boone BA, Yen L, Yang S, Zikovich S, Dardine J, Carey MF, Merchant SS, Kurdistani SK. PMID: 32631887; PMCID: PMC7842201.
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    3. Endoplasmic reticulum-mitochondria junction is required for iron homeostasis. J Biol Chem. 2017 08 11; 292(32):13197-13204. Xue Y, Schmollinger S, Attar N, Campos OA, Vogelauer M, Carey MF, Merchant SS, Kurdistani SK. PMID: 28637866; PMCID: PMC5555183.
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    4. Evolution of histone 2A for chromatin compaction in eukaryotes. Elife. 2014 Jun 17; 3. Macadangdang BR, Oberai A, Spektor T, Campos OA, Sheng F, Carey MF, Vogelauer M, Kurdistani SK. PMID: 24939988; PMCID: PMC4098067.
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    5. The role of resistance and aerobic exercise training on insulin sensitivity measures in STZ-induced Type 1 diabetic rodents. Metabolism. 2013 Oct; 62(10):1485-94. Hall KE, McDonald MW, Grisé KN, Campos OA, Noble EG, Melling CW. PMID: 23810201.
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    6. High-intensity endurance training results in faster vessel-specific rate of vasorelaxation in type 1 diabetic rats. PLoS One. 2013; 8(3):e59678. Murias JM, Dey A, Campos OA, Estaki M, Hall KE, Melling CW, Noble EG. PMID: 23527249; PMCID: PMC3602035.
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    7. Vessel-specific rate of vasorelaxation is slower in diabetic rats. Diab Vasc Dis Res. 2013 Mar; 10(2):179-86. Murias JM, Campos OA, Hall KE, McDonald MW, Melling CW, Noble EG. PMID: 22947492.
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