Symposium Speaker: Misa Graff, PhD, MS

Dr. Misa Graff is Research Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health.  Dr. Graff's research interests focus on the genetics of obesity and cardiovascular disease risk traits, with an overarching goal of integrating understanding of both genetic and environmental risk factors for disease, particularly among minority populations.  Dr. Graff's current projects include the genetic epidemiology of weight gain across adolescence into young adulthood; gene-environment interactions across multiple large cohorts; the genetic architecture of adiposity in African Americans and Hispanics; and examination of genetic effects influencing cardiovascular disease risk traits and diseases burdening minority populations.

Recent Publications

  1. Kim, D, Justice, AE, Chittoor, G, Blanco, E, Burrows, R, Graff, M, Howard, AG, Wang, Y, Rohde, R, Buchanan, VL et al.. Genetic determinants of metabolic biomarkers and their associations with cardiometabolic traits in Hispanic/Latino adolescents. Pediatr Res 2021; : . PubMed PMID:34645953 .
  2. Polfus, LM, Darst, BF, Highland, H, Sheng, X, Ng, MCY, Below, JE, Petty, L, Bien, S, Sim, X, Wang, W et al.. Genetic discovery and risk characterization in type 2 diabetes across diverse populations. HGG Adv 2021; 2 (2): . PubMed PMID:34604815 PubMed Central PMC8486151.
  3. Sun, Q, Graff, M, Rowland, B, Wen, J, Huang, L, Miller-Fleming, TW, Haessler, J, Preuss, MH, Chai, JF, Lee, MP et al.. Analyses of biomarker traits in diverse UK biobank participants identify associations missed by European-centric analysis strategies. J Hum Genet 2021; : . PubMed PMID:34376796 .
  4. Graff, M, Justice, AE, Young, KL, Marouli, E, Zhang, X, Fine, RS, Lim, E, Buchanan, V, Rand, K, Feitosa, MF et al.. Discovery and fine-mapping of height loci via high-density imputation of GWASs in individuals of African ancestry. Am J Hum Genet 2021; 108 (4): 564-582. PubMed PMID:33713608 PubMed Central PMC8059339.
  5. Hou, R, Cole, SA, Graff, M, Wang, Y, Haack, K, Laston, S, Mehta, NR, Shypailo, RJ, Gourlay, ML, Comuzzie, AG et al.. Genetic variants and physical activity interact to affect bone density in Hispanic children. BMC Pediatr 2021; 21 (1): 79. PubMed PMID:33588791 PubMed Central PMC7883422.
  6. Buchanan, VL, Wang, Y, Blanco, E, Graff, M, Albala, C, Burrows, R, Santos, JL, Angel, B, Lozoff, B, Voruganti, VS et al.. Genome-wide association study identifying novel variant for fasting insulin and allelic heterogeneity in known glycemic loci in Chilean adolescents: The Santiago Longitudinal Study. Pediatr Obes 2021; 16 (7): e12765. PubMed PMID:33381925 .
  7. Nichols, HB, Graff, M, Bensen, JT, Lunetta, KL, O'Brien, KM, Troester, MA, Williams, LA, Young, K, Hong, CC, Yao, S et al.. Genetic variants in anti-Müllerian hormone-related genes and breast cancer risk: results from the AMBER consortium. Breast Cancer Res Treat 2021; 185 (2): 469-478. PubMed PMID:32960377 PubMed Central PMC7867570.
  8. Cirelli, T, Nepomuceno, R, Orrico, SRP, Rossa, C Jr, Cirelli, JA, North, KE, Graff, M, Barros, SP, Scarel-Caminaga, RM. Validation in a Brazilian population of gene markers of periodontitis previously investigated by GWAS and bioinformatic studies. J Periodontol 2021; 92 (5): 689-703. PubMed PMID:32909266 .
  9. Von Holle, A, North, KE, Gahagan, S, Burrows, RA, Blanco, E, Lozoff, B, Howard, AG, Justice, A, Graff, M, Voruganti, VS et al.. Sociodemographic predictors of early postnatal growth: evidence from a Chilean infancy cohort. BMJ Open 2020; 10 (6): e033695. PubMed PMID:32499257 PubMed Central PMC7282289.
  10. Hu, Y, Graff, M, Haessler, J, Buyske, S, Bien, SA, Tao, R, Highland, HM, Nishimura, KK, Zubair, N, Lu, Y et al.. Minority-centric meta-analyses of blood lipid levels identify novel loci in the Population Architecture using Genomics and Epidemiology (PAGE) study. PLoS Genet 2020; 16 (3): e1008684. PubMed PMID:32226016 PubMed Central PMC7145272.
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