Dr. Laura E. Mitchell
The University of Texas at Houston School of Public Health
Division of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences
- Genetic determinants of congenital malformations
- Maternal genetic effects; gene-environment interactions
- Statistical genetics
My research focuses on the identification of genes that influence the risk of common congenital malformations, including facial clefts, defects of the neural tube and heart malformations, in humans. This work includes consideration of the roles played by both the maternal and embryonic genotypes as well as gene-environment interactions. Currently, I am working on a family-based genetic association study of spina bifida, and several studies of congenital heart malformations.
A tutorial with my group could provide experience in epidemiology, genetic association studies, and genetic data analysis.
Program in Human and Molecular Genetics