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Dr. Alanna C. Morrison

Dr. Alanna C. Morrison

Regular Member

The University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston
Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences

My research program focuses on elucidating the genetic basis of complex disease.  The primary area of investigation is the genetic etiology of cardiovascular disease and its risk factors.  Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality in the United States and represents a significant public health concern.  The estimated total direct and indirect cost of cardiovascular disease in the United States for 2010 is more than $500 billion. Total cardiovascular disease includes coronary heart disease, stroke, heart failure and hypertension.  Adverse pregnancy outcomes are another complex disease area of interest, including preeclampsia and birth defects. 

The field of genomics is moving forward at lightning speed.  Where we once genotyped a single variant in a single gene, my group now routinely analyzes millions of single nucleotide polymorphisms across the entire genome and evaluates large-scale population-based sequencing data.  To be competitive in this fast-moving and high-throughput environment, my research group focuses on the application of statistical methodology in the context of complex disease genetics.  Ongoing projects necessitate the desire to build skills in bioinformatics and computer programming.  

PubMed

SciVal

School of Public Health Faculty

Program Affiliation:

Program in Human and Molecular Genetics

Contact Information

Phone: 713.500.9913

Email: Alanna.C.Morrison@uth.tmc.edu

Office: RAS E-419

Title: Associate Professor

Education:

Ph.D. - The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston - 2001