Bruce A. Barshop, MD, PHD
Chocolate, of course!
Meet Bruce A. Barshop, MD, PHD!
Bruce is a professor at the University of California, San Diego. He specializes in clinical pediatrics and metabolic diseases. He received his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Learn more about Bruce below!
Q. Please tell us about the research that you’re conducting and how it affects the cystinosis community. How will this research benefit those who live with cystinosis?
A. My lab has been involved in improving the technology to evaluate the disease burden in cystinosis, improving methods to measure cystine content of different cell types, and looking for biomarkers of cystinosis.
I am also active clinically, caring for scores of patients with a range of inborn errors of metabolism. Only a few patients with cystinosis come to my clinic, but we try to bring several patients a year to our multi-disciplinary Cystinosis Clinic at UCSD.
Q. What drew you to this profession?
A. I have always been interested in biochemical regulation and enjoyed working with people. Managing metabolic disorders is very challenging, but it can have tremendous impact on people’s lives.
Q. If you could have any super power, what would it be and why would you
A. I would choose flight, of course.
Q. Do you have children? How many?
A. I have two sons.
Q. Do you have a pet – what kind of pet and what is the pet’s name?
A. I had a Himalayan cat for 14 years who was a pretty poor specimen as a cat, but was a wonderful soul. He was named Rocket (facetiously since he was the slowest moving cat ever), and he actually wanted to please people.
Q. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
A. Though I don’t feel it reflects my personality at all, I have to admit I feel that vanilla ice cream is perfect.