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The INADcure Foundation began its partnership with JAX in 2022 after being inspired by the studies they conducted for SMA. The scientists at JAX are conducting studies for our gene therapy program so that we can deliver robust proof of concept data in preparation for a gene therapy trial.

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Jennifer SanMiguel, Ph.D.

Study Director
The Jackson Laboratory

LET’S MEET: Dr. SanMiguel

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’ve always been fascinated by how things work and codes. This led me to find my passion in biology and genetics, where I get to understand how four different letters (bases in DNA) make up all the information our cells need to function.

When did you first decide you wanted to work with rare diseases? Please share what led to that decision.
My first job in science was coincidentally in rare disease studying Duchenne muscular dystrophy as a research technician. There, I learned about the urgent, critically unmet needs of rare disease patients and their families in terms of the lack of understanding of underlying disease mechanisms and the lack of therapeutic options. That first exposure to the rare disease community inspired me to continue my scientific training in genetics, which now allows me to facilitate research and accelerate preclinical testing for patients with rare diseases.

What is your favorite part of the work you do?
The part of my job that is most fulfilling is making a tangible difference for our patients and their families.

What do you do to relax (or have fun)?
Spend time with my husband and kids, being outside, hiking, spending time near the ocean

If you could have a lifetime supply of anything, what would it be?

Last (or Best) book read?
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

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