A major focus of her research is in studying DNA methylation patterns associated with aging, and the acceleration of these patterns in disease states, including HIV and cancer. Another focus of her work is in developing mathematical models to study cancer cell population dynamics, and the development of user-friendly stochastic simulation software to accurately and efficiently study in silico models of tumor response to treatment.

Desmond Smith, MD, PhD, Professor, Molecular & Medical Pharmacology. He uses the tools of modern functional genomics to dissect the pathways that connect genotype and phenotype. In particular, he seeks to identify genetic mechanisms underlying complex neurobehavioral traits and their related disorders, such as obesity and addiction. He also develops new tools and technologies for the genetic analysis of mammalian cells. His mission is to study living matter at a genome-wide level and to develop new, highly specific therapeutic strategies for common diseases.