I received my undergraduate degree in Biology at Texas A&M University and my PhD in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico. My dissertation research involved the use of genetic admixture to examine social, phenotypic, and obesity-related characteristics of Hispanics and Native Americans in New Mexico.
I joined the Section on Statistical Genetics in January of 2009. I have been working with Drs. David Allison and Jose Fernandez on the genetics of obesity, type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, specifically using genetic admixture to examine health disparities, as well as developing and using methods to examine signals of natural selection from genomic-scale data. I also work on prediction modeling of various human phenotypes and diseases using whole-genome SNP data.
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division, University of Arizona