Genetic Epidemiology of Orofacial Cleft Birth Defects
Epidemiology Seminar Series with Mary L. Marazita, Ph.D.
Dr. Marazita’s research applies the techniques of statistical genetics and genetic epidemiology to multiple complex human traits including craniofacial birth defects, oral health traits, behavioral traits, premature birth, and others. She has many years of experience in research with more than 340 publications, and continuous NIH funding since 1984 including 44 total and 6 current R01’s, U01’s or X01’s as PD/PI and 56 total and 3 current other grants as Co-I (currently totaling about $6 million in funding annually). Her major contributions include many studies of genetics and phenotypes in nonsyndromic orofacial cleft (OFC) families, genetic studies of oral and dental diseases, and multidisciplinary studies of oral health disparities. Her studies have led to collaborations with colleagues across the USA, and in more than 15 other countries, representing all continents except Antarctica.