PhD, University of Michigan, 1978
MA, University of Texas, 1974
My research interest focus on the use of statistical genetics to identify genes contributing to risk of complex diseases, which includes most chronic diseases This work falls into the field of genetic epidemiology, and deals with diseases where both genes and environmental risk factors contribute to disease etiology. While I have worked on a wide variety of disease topics (pulmonary disease, diabetes, cancer), I have a long-standing interest in birth defects, particularly cleft lip and cleft palate. I have also recently developed a research interest in methods to detect genes controlling risk to infectious and parasitic diseases.
Honors and Awards
1971-1972 Texas Opportunity Plan Scholarship
1972 Phi Beta Kappa
1981 Outstanding Young Women of America (Maryland)
1986 Delta Omega, Honorary Public Health Society