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Laura Raffield, PhD, is a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member with research interests in genetic epidemiology of complex traits in African American and Hispanic/Latino cohorts underrepresented in genetic research.

Assistant Professor, Genetics
UNC-Chapel Hill
Cancer Genetics

Area of Interest

My research program in human genetic epidemiology encompasses efforts to identify new genetic risk factors for common diseases and their risk factors, understand mechanisms for these variants, effectively utilize variants for risk prediction, and understand the environmental, social, and genetic factors which influence intermediate phenotypes measured by high throughput ‘omic platforms (gene expression, proteomics, metabolomics, etc).

I work to accomplish these goals through team-based science efforts such as NHLBI’s Trans-Omics for Precision Medicine (TOPMed) program and the Phenotype Harmonization working group for NHGRI’s Polygenic RIsk MEthods in Diverse populations (PRIMED) consortium.

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