Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Associate Professor, Human Genetics
Director, Heinz Nutrition Laboratory
Primary Phone: 967-179-7425
Web site: http://www.edc.pitt.edu/epifaculty/faculty_zmuda.asp
My research primarily focuses on the epidemiology and genetics of osteoporosis. A long-term goal is to identify and characterize the genetic factors underlying osteoporosis susceptibility in different ethnic/racial groups. To achieve these goals, we have used several strategies including: population-based candidate gene methods; genome-wide admixture, linkage and association mapping; and most recently, an in vitro cellular model. This later approach is enabling us to translate discoveries made at the cellular level to the “population” and vice versa to gain insight into the molecular genetic mechanisms underlying osteoporosis susceptibility.
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