I am research professor of translational epidemiology in the department of Epidemiology of the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, USA. My research concerns the translation of genomics research to applications in clinical and public health practice and focuses on the genetic prediction of common diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. I also study how the predictive ability and utility of genetic testing can best be measured.
As the result of a serendipitous finding, my research recently expanded in an entirely new and unexpected direction. I developed a new search method for scientific literature. This method efficiently and effectively finds related articles for one or more ‘known’ articles through ranking their co-citations. In a pilot study, we showed that the top of the co-citation ranking consists of articles that are on the same niche topic as the known articles. I recently received two grants to further investigate this method.
I teach in undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate courses in local, national and international programs. At Emory University, I coordinate and teach Prediction Research and Critical Evaluation of Scientific Communication, I co-teach a Grant Writing class, and moderate the journal club for the 50 PhD students of our department.
The latest version of my CV can be found here.