Epidemiology, Genetic epidemiology, Biostatistics, Oncology, statistical genetics, genetics of asthma and allergic diseases, birth defects, pulmonary diseases, host susceptibility to infectious diseases.
Experiences & Accomplishments
My research interest focus on the use of statistical genetics to identify genes contributing to risk of complex diseases, which includes most chronic diseases This work falls into the field of genetic epidemiology, and deals with diseases where both genes and environmental risk factors contribute to disease etiology. While I have worked on a wide variety of disease topics (pulmonary disease, diabetes, cancer), I have a long-standing interest in birth defects, particularly cleft lip and cleft palate. I have also recently developed a research interest in methods to detect genes controlling risk to infectious and parasitic diseases.
Honors & Awards
1971-1972 Texas Opportunity Plan Scholarship
1972 Phi Beta Kappa
1981 Outstanding Young Women of America (Maryland)
1986 Delta Omega, Honorary Public Health Society
Gao L, Grant AV, Rafaels N, Stockton-Porter M, Watkins T, Gao P, Chi P, Munoz M, Watson H, Dunston G, Togias A, Hansel N, Sevransky J, Maloney JP, Moss M, Shanholtz C, Brower R, Garcia JGN, Grigoryev DN, Cheadle C, Beaty TH, Mathias RA, Barnes KC. Polymorphisms in the myosin light chain kinase gene that confer risk of severe sepsis are associated with a lower risk of asthma. J ALLERGY CLIN IMMUNOL 119(5):1111-1118, 2007. PMID 17472811
Jeronimo SMB, Holst AKB, Jamieson SE, Francis R, Martins DRA, Bezerra FL, Ettinger NA, Nascimento ET, Monteiro GR, Lacerda HG, Miller EN, Cordell HJ, Duggal P, Beaty TH, Blackwell JM, Wilson ME. Genes at human chromosome 5q31.1 regulate delayed-type hypersensitivity responses associated with Leishmania chagasi infection. GENES IMMUN 8(7):539-551, 2007. PMID 17713557