Bachelor in Chemistry summa cum laude, St. Thomas University, 1981. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry, University Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, 1986.
Postdoctoral fellow, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, 1986-1988; assistant research biochemist, University of California, San Diego, 1988-1992; assistant Adjunct Professor, University of California, San Diego, since 1992.
Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Institute Chemists, American Society Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, American Heart Association (basic science council since 1991), International Society Heart Research.
Married Ilona Erika Brelewski, December 16, 1984. 1 child, Sebastian.