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Candace Kammerer is director of the MPH program in public health genetics. She also serves as director of graduate studies in human genetics and director of the University of Pittsburgh Summer Edge in Public and Global Health program. Her teaching interests include general genetics, public health genetics, public health, and communication skills. As chair of the Human Genetics Curriculum Committee, she also oversees the overall development of the human genetics curriculum. She is engaged in teaching, student research, and student advising.
Kammerer’s research interests include the genetic epidemiology of risk factors of common human diseases such as hypertension, arteriosclerosis, osteoporosis, and healthy aging. She also collaborated on the development of linkage maps of the gray short-tailed opossum. Her current research projects involve the statistical genetic analyses of data on large, multigenerational families of Afro-Caribbeans, Mexican-Americans, and long-lived individuals (from the Long Life Family Study), as well as large, population-based cohorts of Afro-Caribbeans and European Americans. She has published on localizing genes that respond to modifiable environmental factors, genetic epidemiology and genome-wide linkage analysis studies, and development of aging-related endophenotypes shown to be associated with mortality in long lived cohorts.
Andrea Durst is the co-director of the MPH program in public health genetics. She also serves as assistant director of the genetic counseling program. She brings extensive experience in clinical cancer genetic counseling, management, and public health genetics. Durst’s teaching interests are in genetic counseling and public health genetics. She provides support in genetic counseling program development and is engaged in teaching, student research, and the coordination of student clinical rotations.
Durst’s research interests include public health genetics and cancer genetics. Specifically, she is interested in the state implementation of CDC Tier 1 Genomic Applications for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer syndrome, Lynch syndrome, and Familial Hypercholesterolemia. She has worked with a number of stakeholders on public health genetics projects, including the Genetic Alliance, the CDC, the Kentucky Cancer Registry, and the Michigan Department of Community Health.