Faculty Profile

Edward   Ruiz-Narvaez, ScD

Edward Ruiz-Narvaez, ScD

Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences
  • 1860 SPH I
  • 1415 Washington Heights
  • Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Dr. Ruiz-Narvaez is an Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Ruiz-Narvaez earned his ScD in Nutrition and Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, and his MSc in Human Genetics at the University of Costa Rica.  Dr. Ruiz-Narvaez is co-investigator of the Black Women’s Health Study, an ongoing prospective cohort of 59,000 African American women from across the United States. Dr. Ruiz-Narvaez is particularly interested in the genetic basis of different diseases/phenotypes such as breast cancer, obesity, and type 2 diabetes, with a particular emphasis in African American women. A major goal of Dr. Ruiz-Narvaez’s research is the elucidation of social and genetic factors that may help to explain the higher burden of disease in minority populations. 

  • ScD, Harvard School of Public Health, (2006)
  • MS, School of Biology, University of Costa Rica, (1999)
  • Lic., School of Biology, University of Costa Rica, (1995) 

  • Bacon KL, Stuver SO, Cozier YC, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L, Ruiz-Narváez EA. Perceived racism and incident diabetes in the Black Women's Health Study. Diabetologia 2017 Aug 15.
  • Haddad SA, Palmer JR, Lunetta KL, Ng MC; MEDIA Consortium, Ruiz-Narváez EA. A novel TCF7L2 type 2 diabetes SNP identified from fine mapping in African American women. PLoS One. 2017 Mar 2;12(3):e0172577.
  • Ruiz-Narváez EA, Lunetta KL, Hong CC, Haddad S, Yao S, Cheng TD, Bensen JT, Bandera EV, Haiman CA, Troester MA, Ambrosone CB, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR. Genetic variation in the insulin, insulin-like growth factor, growth hormone, and leptin pathways in relation to breast cancer in African-American women: the AMBER consortium. NPJ Breast Cancer 2016;2. pii: 16034.
  • Ruiz-Narváez EA, Sucheston-Campbell L, Bensen JT, Yao S, Haddad S, Haiman CA, Bandera EV, John EM, Bernstein L, Hu JJ, Ziegler RG, Deming SL, Olshan AF, Ambrosone CB, Palmer JR, Lunetta KL. Admixture Mapping of African-American Women in the AMBER Consortium Identifies New Loci for Breast Cancer and Estrogen-Receptor Subtypes. Front Genet 2016 Sep 21;7:170.
  • Wise LA, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L, Haddad SA, Ruiz-Narváez EA. FASN, dietary fat intake, and risk of uterine leiomyomata in the Black Women's Health Study. Fertil Steril 2016 Oct; 106(5):1136-1141.
  • Ruiz-Narváez EA, Haddad SA, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR. Birth weight modifies the association between central nervous system gene variation and adult body mass index. J Hum Genet 2016 Mar; 61(3):193-8.
  • Ruiz-Narváez EA, Palmer JR, Gerlovin H, Wise LA, Vimalananda VG, Rosenzweig JL, Rosenberg L. Birth weight and risk of type 2 diabetes in the Black Women’s Health Study: does adult BMI play a mediating role? Diabetes Care 2014 Sept; 37:2572-8.