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LáShauntá (Tay) Glover is a predoctoral student in Epidemiology who is interested in the epigenetic responses to psychosocial stressors (e.g. living in poverty, discrimination, negative affect states) and their relationship to cardiovascular disease etiology, especially among minority populations. She also has general interests in health disparities, the influence of resilience, hypertension, kidney disease, and subclinical disease.



Katherine Lee is a pre-doctoral student in Epidemiology.  
Brooke Staley is a pre-doctoral student in Epidemiology interested in the interactions of social and genetic environments on the health of underrepresented African American and Hispanic/Latino populations. She also has general interests in understanding health disparities to promote health equity, biosocial processes and life course frameworks, family/intergenerational health, and social, mental health, and genetic epidemiology. 

Alaine Broadaway is a postdoctoral fellow researching the genetic factors that account for differences in cardiovascular and obesity-related health outcomes. Her research projects include co-leading genome-wide association study (GWAS) meta-analyses on refined insulin traits and identifying expression quantitative trait loci colocalized with cardiometabolic GWAS loci.

Education: Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences from Emory University

Matthew C. B. Tsilimigras is a postdoctoral fellow interested in using causal inference and machine learning approaches on multiomics data to understand the heterogeneity in obesity and cardiovascular phenotypes. His research projects include investigating associations between lung phenotypes and gut microbiota, using machine learning strategies to characterize metabolites associated with accelerated aging, and integrating multiomics with social determinants of health in precision medicine frameworks.

Education: PhD in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics from University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Shelly-Ann M. Love is a postdoctoral fellow interested in research that investigates lifestyle, behavioral, social, environmental and genetic risk factors of cardiovascular disease and cognition. Her research projects include investigating the association of psychosocial stress and socioeconomic disadvantage with clonal hematopoiesis of indeterminate potential (CHIP), and identifying and characterizing factors that promotes minimal cognitive decline from mid-life to older adulthood. 

Education: PhD in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



Victoria Buchanan is a predoctoral student interested in molecular (including genetic and metabolomics) epidemiology of type 2 diabetes and other related traits, particularly in Hispanic/Latino populations who are disproportionately affected but underrepresented in genomics research.  She is also interested in the mechanisms driving transitions from normoglycemic to prediabetic and diabetic states, and vice versa.

Education: MPH in Epidemiology from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI)



Chani Hodonsky is a genetic epidemiology PhD candidate focused on analysis of red blood cell traits for her dissertation work, especially in ancestrally diverse populations that are poorly represented in GWAS. She is an active member of the Population Architecture using Genomics & Epidemiology (PAGE) consortium Inflammation working group. Her primary work involves applying combined-phenotype and rare-variant methods to discovery and generalization analysis of RBC traits in PAGE study participants. 

Education: Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology MPH from University of Michigan School of Public Health

Current position: Postdoctoral student at the Center for Public Health Genomics at the University of Virginia



Jim Davis is a molecular human geneticist focused on the genetic basis of complex traits and diseases. At UNC, he performed molecular and functional analysis of cardiometabolic GWAS loci, identified disease-associated variants that alter gene expression, and generated CRISPR/cas-based deletions to link disease-associated variants to genes. His genetic epidemiology analyses included discovery of new variants associated with levels of lipoprotein subclasses and triglyceride measures.

Education: PhD in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Oklahoma State University

Heather Highland is a geneticist focused on the genetic basis of variation in glycemic and adiposity traits in historically underrepresented populations. She is investigating the role of pleiotropic effects across cardiometabolic traits.  Heather is an active member of the PAGE, GIANT, and TOPMed consortia.

Education: Ph.D. in Human and Molecular Genetics from The University of Texas Health Science Center Houston’s Graduate School and Biomedical Science


Laura Raffield is a genetic epidemiologist focused on analysis of hematology and hemostasis, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes related traits, particularly in underrepresented African American and Hispanic/Latino populations. Her postdoctoral work at UNC has focused on analysis of whole genome sequencing data from NHLBI’s Trans-Omics for Precision Medicine initiative.  

Education: Molecular Genetics and Genomics from Wake Forest University School of Medicine