D.C. Rao, PhD
Dr. Rao serves as the course master for an intensive 6-credit, spring-summer course called “Mentored Research” as part of the Genetic Epidemiology Masters of Science (GEMS) program. While each student works closely with a mentor, as the course master, Dr. Rao coordinates and oversees the research conducted by all students at various stages. This unusual course involves frequent presentations and updates of the research projects, with in-depth critiques for scientific content, organization, and the presentation style. Beside this, he also presents lectures from time to time on special topics as part of other courses.
Dr. Rao’s extensive research and publication record over nearly 4 decades, sponsored by multiple grants from the National institutes of Health (NIH), ranges from methodological issues in statistical genetics to substantive applied research in genetic epidemiology of common complex human diseases, with particular emphasis on cardiovascular (CVD) and metabolic traits. His current research addresses methodological issues dealing with gene-gene and gene-environment interactions, with particular interest in gene-age, gene-sex, and gene-obesity interactions. Specific areas of applied interest include blood pressure and hypertension, obesity, lipids, insulin resistance, and metabolic syndrome. He has published more than 550 papers.
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