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I am a genetic epidemiologist, and my research interests include the clustering of autoimmune diseases in families, and use of family health history in primary care for the prevention of chronic disorders, with an emphasis on diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In addition, I co-direct an institutional training grant focusing on genomics in nursing research, and I co-direct the WHO Collaboration Center for Disease Monitoring, Telecommunications and the Molecular Epidemiology of Diabetes Mellitus.
Currently, I teach NUR 2680/2680D Introduction to Genetics and Molecular Therapeutics and NUR 3050/3050D Grant Writing for graduate students and NUR 0031 Microbiology for undergraduate students in the School of Nursing. I have also has taught Introduction to Molecular Epidemiology and Molecular Epidemiology Laboratory at Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health, as well as genetic epidemiology courses at the University of Michigan, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Beijing, China.
I am a Professor of Health Promotion and Development in the School of Nursing, with secondary appointments in Epidemiology and Human Genetics in the Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH). I’ve served as Associate Dean for Research at GSPH and the School of Nursing, on Pitt’s University Research Council, the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Women’s Concerns, and on many public health and epidemiological committees.