Diverse Populations Are Needed To Understand The Genetics Of Complex Traits
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Heather is an Assistant Professor at Loyola University Chicago with joint appointments in the Departments of Biology, Computer Science, and Public Health Sciences. She teaches courses within the Bioinformatics major. She was awarded the 2018 Sujack Family Award for Faculty Research Excellence. Before joining Loyola in 2015, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Chicago. Heather holds a PhD in Genetics from Stanford University and a BA in Biology from Hamline University.

                       

Diverse Populations Are Needed To Understand The Genetics Of Complex Traits

Across the human genome, there are a few million base pairs that differentiate one person from another. Though these differences account for only 0.1% of the total genome, they affect many of our traits, such as eye color, propensity for diseases, or even tea drinking habits. In the numerous genetic studies in humans over the past few decades, however, the vast majority of genetic studies have included only people of European descent, creating a disparity in the benefits of research...

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