I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine and the Social Science Research Institute and Jacobs Foundation Research Fellow (2016-2018).
I work at the intersection of genetics, the social and behavioral sciences, and public health. My work brings together discoveries from the cutting edge of genome science and longitudinal data from population-based cohorts to identify mechanisms that cause accelerated health decline in older age. I take a life-span approach that encompasses research on cohorts of children, young and middle-aged adults, and older adults. My goal is is to understand why socioeconomically disadvantaged populations suffer increased morbidity in older age and earlier mortality, and to devise strategies for intervention to mitigate these health inequalities.
Research Areas of Interest
- Health disparities and social gradients in health
- Genetic/Genomic Epidemiology – Life course and developmental approaches