Omar received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (USC) in Pharmaceutical Sciences studying how transcription factors behaved in breast and prostate cancer. There he received a predoctoral award from the Department of Defense (DOD) for his studies. He continued on to do his postdoctoral work for a brief period at USC and subsequently University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). At UCLA he was under the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Institutes of Health training fellowship where he studied stem cells, epigenetics and bioinformatics. Omar was recruited to CHOC in 2013 and is currently working on understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and the Lysosomal Storage Disease, Mucopolysaccharidosis-1 (Hurler’s Syndrome), using a bioinformatics approach. Outside of research he enjoys spending time with his family and friends.
Fellow researchers interested in the current field of molecular biology and bioinformatics can visit Dr. Khalid’s site at MolBio&Bioinformatics.