Clint joined the University of Virginia in the summer of 2017 as Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences and resident member of the Center for Public Health Genomics. He was previously an Instructor at Stanford University in Cardiovascular Medicine. Dr. Miller earned his PhD in Pharmacology at the University of Rochester and was a postdoctoral fellow in Human Genetics at Stanford University in the laboratory of Tom Quertermous. There he investigated the causal regulatory mechanisms of coronary artery disease loci by profiling primary human vascular cells and tissues. He is also a member of the Data Science Institute, Robert Berne Cardiovascular Research Institute, and has secondary appointments in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics and Biomedical Engineering.
Daud received his Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology from Amity University in India where he performed research on genetic mutations in patients diagnosed with hemophilia, left ventricular hypertrophy and chronic myeloproliferative disorder. He completed his Master’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Texas at Dallas where he conducted research on understanding the molecular mechanisms of heme signaling in Non-Small Lung Cancer Cells. He also trained in a bioinformatics lab where he analyzed cancer genomic data and identified tissue specific genes. His current research involves transcriptomics and genome editing analyses to investigate coronary artery disease mechanisms.
Adam received his PhD and MS in Biochemistry specializing in Human and Molecular Genetics at the University of Ottawa. He trained under the mentorship of Dr. Ruth McPherson whose group first discovered the 9p21 genetic risk locus for heart disease. His previous work has focused on understanding the functional mechanisms of multiple cardiometabolic risk loci. He is interested in the application of cutting-edge genomics and bioinformatics approaches to uncover novel mechanisms of non-lipid loci.
Caitlin received her Bachelor’s degree in biology from Cornell University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) from The Johns Hopkins University. Currently, she is in the dual degree Master’s in Data Science/PhD in Nursing program at the University of Virginia. Her previous work has been focused on maternal risk factors for mental and physiological stress. With her additional training in data science, Caitlin is interested in combining machine learning and network models to better understand complex health conditions.
Graduate Student – Biomedical Sciences
Doris received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in biochemistry from Boston College. Following graduation, she worked at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Dr. Alan Engelman’s lab studying the role of host proteins in HIV integration. She is currently enrolled in the Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics PhD program at the University of Virginia and is interested in the intersection of functional genomics and target validation approaches to better understand and treat cardiovascular diseases.
Undergraduate Student – Biology and Global Public Health
Meredith is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Biology and Global Public Health. Outside of the lab, she is an employee of the Office of Health Promotion, a regular volunteer at the Fauquier Free Clinic, and captain of the ultimate frisbee team. She is interested in understanding complex diseases through identification of environmental and genetic risk factors, and she hopes to study chronic disease epidemiology in the future. Her current project involves evaluating histological and cell-specific features of normal and diseased coronary artery specimens.
Postdoctoral Fellow – Stanford
Vivek is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Vascular Surgery in the Leeper Lab at Stanford and also affiliated with the Miller Lab. He completed his undergraduate studies in Bioinformatics from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, following which he joined the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston as a research technician. He moved back to wintery Rochester to pursue his PhD in Pharmacology. There he defined the expression and transcriptional regulation of a rather understudied gene called Leiomodin1 and investigated its function in cultured smooth muscle cells and in mice. At Stanford he has been actively working on investigating the function of genes located on the 9p21 coronary heart disease locus.
Postdoctoral Fellow – Stanford
Tina received her Bachelor’s degree from The University of Sheffield, UK in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from Indiana University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the lab of Dr. Tom Quertermous at Stanford and joined Dr. Michael Snyder’s group in 2015. She is currently applying high-throughput genomics technologies to investigate host-microbe interactions and works closely with Dr. Clint Miller on human genomics projects.