Academic Affiliations

Associate Professor

  • Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics, Wayne State University
    Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Wayne State University School of Medicine and the Perinatology Research Branch, NICHD/NIH/DHHS
Education and Training
  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
    University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, California
  • B.S-M.S. Telecommunications Engineering
    Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
    Barcelona, Catalonia
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship – Genetics
    University of Chicago
    Chicago, Illinois
Research Accomplishments
  • Authored and co-authored more than 45 articles in the areas of genomics, genetics, and computational biology.
  • Characterized the molecular common pathway of labor, and term and preterm parturition at single cell resolution.
  • Determined that co-expression of the ACE2 and TMPRSS2 transcripts is negligible in the placenta and chorioamniotic membranes, showing why vertical transmission of SARS-CoV-2 is rare.
  • Developed useful tools to analyze genomic datasets such as transcription factor footprints (CENTIPEDE), eQTL fine mapping (torus), copy number detection (GADA), and allele specific expression (QuASAR).
  • Genes with gene-by-environment interactions affecting their transcription are also more likely to be associated with complex traits.
Awards and Recognitions
  • 2003     “La Caixa” Fellowship for doctoral studies in United States , Fundacio La Caixa
  • 2007     Best Paper Award finalist at ICASSP, IEEE
  • 2009     “Chicago Fellows” postdoctoral scholarship , The University of Chicago
  • 2011     Young Investigator Award, International Congress of Human Genetics (ASHG), Montreal
  • 2012     Top Ten Papers in Regulatory and Systems Genomics 2011, ISCB/RECOMB
  • 2013     Top Ten Papers in Regulatory and Systems Genomics 2012, ISCB/RECOMB
  • 2017     Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award in the Health Sciences, Wayne State University
  • 2019     Research Excellence Award, Wayne State University School of Medicine’s College Teaching Award
Research Interests
  • Analysis of functional genomics data (ATAC-seq, RNA-seq) both bulk and at single cell resolution.
  • Development of computational tools and statistical genetics models.
  • Molecular mechanisms regulating gene transcription, chromatin accessibility, and transcription factor binding.
  • Genetics of molecular traits and gene-by-environment interactions.
  • Precision medicine for preterm birth and pregnancy complications.
  • R01- GM109215 “Functional Characterization of the Genetic and Environmental Determinants of Complex Traits” NIH-NIGMS (2014—Present)
Select Publications
  • Pique-Regi R, Romero R, Tarca AL, Luca F, Xu Y, Alazizi A, Leng Y, Hsu CD, Gomez-Lopez N. Does the human placenta express the canonical cell entry mediators for SARS-CoV-2? Elife. 2020 Jul 14; 9:e58716. PMID: 32662421
  • Hukku A, Quick C, Luca F, Pique-Regi R, Wen X. BAGSE: a Bayesian hierarchical model approach for gene set enrichment analysis. Bioinformatics. 2020 Mar 1; 36:1689-1695. PMID: 31702789
  • Tarca AL, Romero R, Pique-Regi R, Pacora P, Done B, Kacerovsky M, Bhatti G, Jaiman S, Hassan SS, Hsu CD, Gomez-Lopez N. Amniotic fluid cell-free transcriptome: a glimpse into fetal development and placental cellular dynamics during normal pregnancy. BMC Med Genomics. 2020 Feb 12; 13:25. PMID: 32050959
  • Pique-Regi R, Romero R, Tarca AL, Sendler ED, Xu Y, Garcia-Flores V, Leng Y, Luca F, Hassan SS, Gomez-Lopez N. Single cell transcriptional signatures of the human placenta in term and preterm parturition. Elife. 2019 Dec 12; 8:e52004. PMID: 31829938
  • Findley AS, Richards AL, Petrini C, Alazizi A, Doman E, Shanku AG, Davis GO, Hauff N, Sorokin Y, Wen X, Pique-Regi R, Luca F. Interpreting coronary artery disease risk through gene-environment interactions in gene regulation. Genetics. 2019 Oct; 213:651-663. PMID: 31492806
  • Kalita CA, Brown CD, Freiman A, Isherwood J, Wen X, Pique-Regi R, Luca F. High-throughput characterization of genetic effects on DNA-protein binding and gene transcription. Genome Res. 2018 Nov; 28:1701-1708. PMID: 30254052
  • Burl RB, Ramseyer VD, Rondini EA, Pique-Regi R, Lee YH, Granneman JG. Deconstructing adipogenesis induced by β3-adrenergic receptor activation with single-cell expression profiling. Cell Metab. 2018 Aug 7; 28:300-309.e4. PMID: 29937373
  • Moyerbrailean GA, Richards AL, Kurtz D, Kalita CA, Davis GO, Harvey CT, Alazizi A, Watza D, Sorokin Y, Hauff N, Zhou X, Wen X, Pique-Regi R*, Luca F. High-throughput allele-specific expression across 250 environmental conditions. Genome Res. 2016 Dec; 26:1627-1638. PMID: 27934696
  • Moyerbrailean GA, Kalita CA, Harvey CT, Wen X, Luca F, Pique-Regi R*. Which Genetics Variants in DNase-Seq Footprints Are More Likely to Alter Binding? PLoS Genet. 2016 Feb 22; 12:e1005875. PMID: 26901046
  • Wen X, Luca F, Pique-Regi R*. Cross-population joint analysis of eQTLs: fine mapping and functional annotation. PLoS Genet. 2015 Apr 23; 11:e1005176. PMID: 25906321
  • Pique-Regi R*, Degner JF, Pai AA, Gaffney DJ, Gilad Y, Pritchard JK. Accurate inference of transcription factor binding from DNA sequence and chromatin accessibility data. Genome Res. 2011 Mar; 21:447-55. PMID: 21106904