Faculty

The Certificate Program in Public Health Genetics is led by director J. Scott Roberts, Ph.D, associate director Carl F. Marrs, Ph.D., with a committee of School of Public Health faculty members.

Goncalo AbecasisGoncalo Abecasis, Dr.Phil.
Felix E. Moore Collegiate Professor of Biostatistics

Dr. Abecasis' research focuses on the development of statistical tools for the identification and study of genetic variants important in human disease.

Kelly BakulskiKelly M. Bakulski, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Dr. Bakulski is an environmental and genetic epidemiologist with expertise in epigenetic epidemiology. Her current research integrates and applies multiple genome-wide measures to understand disease risk.

Michael BoehnkeMichael Boehnke, Ph.D.
Richard G. Cornell Collegiate Professor of Biostatistics
Director, Center for Statistical Genetics
Director, Genome Science Training Program

Dr. Boehnke's research focuses on problems of study design and statistical analysis of human genetic data, with a particular emphasis on development of statistical methods for human gene mapping, and their application to diseases including type 2 diabetes and bipolar disorder.

Toby CitrinToby Citrin, J.D.
Adjunct Professor, Health Management and Policy
Co-Director, Life Sciences and Society Program
Co-Director, Center for Public Health and Community Genomics

Professor Citrin focuses on the development of community-academic partnerships to strengthen research, teaching and practice, and he specializes in the ethical, legal and social issues arising from the incorporation of genetics in public health policy and practice.

Melissa S. CrearyMelissa Creary, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor of Health Management and Policy
Professor Creary's research focuses on global health (Brazil), social movements, race, culture, and citizenship, sickle cell disease.

Dana DolinoyDana Dolinoy, Ph.D.
Chair, Biostatistics Department
Professor in Environmental Health Sciences
Searle Assistant Professorship in Public Health
Environmental epigenetics/epigenomics, developmental origins of adult disease, role of diet and nutrition in modulating chemical exposure and epigenetic events including DNA methylation and chromatin structure.

Sharon KardiaSharon Kardia, Ph.D.
Professor, Epidemiology
Co-Director, Life Sciences and Society Program
Co-Director, Center for Public Health and Community Genomics

Dr. Kardia's main research interests are in the genetic epidemiology of cardiovascular disease and its risk factors. She is particularly interested in gene-environment and gene-gene interactions and in developing novel analytical strategies to understand the complex relationship between genetic variation, environmental variation, and risk of common chronic diseases.

Carl F. MarrsCarl F. Marrs, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Public Health Genetics Program
Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Dr. Marrs’ research focuses on the bacterial genes involved in allowing some strains of a given bacterial species to cause disease. Specific areas of focus are urinary tract infections caused be E.coli, otitis media caused by Haemophilus influenzae, and new born invasive GBS disease.

Alison MondulAlison Mondul, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
Molecular and nutritional epidemiology, modifiable risk factors and cancer etiology.

 Belinda NeedhamBelinda Needham, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
Health Disparities; Aging and the Life Course; Medical and Psychiatric Comorbidity.

C. Leigh Pearce C. Leigh Pearce, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Etiology and Prevention of Ovarian and Breast Cancer.

Patricia Peyser, Ph.D.
Professor, Epidemiology
Dr. Peyser’s research focuses on genetics and epidemiology, the contribution of inherited differences among individuals to the prediction of diseases, and studies of diseases and traits that aggregate in families.  Community based studies in Rochester, MN and in the Old Order Amish in Lancaster, PA focus on cardiovascular disease and its genetic and  environmental etiologies.

J. Scott RobertsJ. Scott Roberts, Ph.D.
Director, Public Health Genetics Program
Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education

Co-Director, Dual-Degree (M.P.H./M.S) Program in Human Genetics with a Specialty in Genetic Counseling
Dr. Roberts' research is focused on the process and impact of genetic risk assessment for adult-onset disorders.

Laura S. RozekLaura S. Rozek, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Environmental Health Sciences
Dr. Rozek’s research focus is on the epigenetic and genetic mechanisms underlying cancers, including an emphasis on gene-environment interactions.

Jennifer SmithJennifer Smith, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.A.
Assistant Research Scientist, Epidemiology
Dr. Smith's research focuses on the genetic epidemiology of common chronic diseases and their risk factors. Her research investigates the relationships between genetic, epigenetic, transcriptomic, and proteomic variation and traits including blood pressure, kidney function, ischemic brain injury, and cognition. She is particularly interested in the way that gene-by-social and gene-by-psychosocial factor interactions are associated with chronic disease risk.