Alan Jerome Perez-Rathke, MD
Alan was born in Tempe, Arizona and briefly lived in Honduras (Central America) until the age of four before returning to the USA and growing up in the suburbs of Chicago. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science. He used his programming skills to pursue his childhood dream of developing low-quality and massively over-budget video games while earning his M.S. in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Wanting to apply his software engineering background towards medical research, Alan joined the MD/PhD program at UIC with his graduate studies focusing on biological simulation and machine learning in bioinformatics. In his free time, Alan enjoys vegetable gardening - particularly heirloom tomatoes, long-distance running, and hiking with his partner and rescue dog. He is thrilled to be joining the Vanderbilt family and the Harrison Society!
BS - Computer Science - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - 2005
MD - University of Illinois at Chicago - 2021
PhD - University of Illinois at Chicago - 2021