Dr. Perera is an Associate Professor and the Director of Analytical Genomics and Bioinformatics at Sanford-Burnham Institute for Medical Research at Lake Nona Orlando FL. Prior to joining Sanford-Burnham in 2009, Dr. Perera held faculty positions at Mercer University's School of Medicine as an Associate Professor and Director of Genomics and R&D at Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial Health Medical Center. He received his Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from Moscow State University, Russia and the University of Gent, Belgium. Dr. Perera completed his postdoctoral studies in gene targeting and DNA recombination at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Prior to his academic affiliations, he held leadership positions at several major biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, including ISIS Pharmaceuticals and Life Technologies Corporation (formerly Invitrogen Corporation) in San Diego California.