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Faculty Profiles

Faculty members within the Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine Research come from various departments of Wake Forest School of Medicine. Most members have faculty appointments in either internal medicine, pediatrics/medical genetics, or public health/epidemiology. Because of our strong ties to these diverse departments, we are in a position to rapidly assemble remarkable research teams for innovative research projects on an ongoing basis.

Please browse the alphabetical list of faculty members below for a quick summary of our group's interests. Click on an individual member's name for more details, including a biographical sketch, research interests, and lists of publications.

Associate Directors

Donald W. Bowden, PhD
Research interests are focused on the genetics of diabetes.

Stephen Peters, MD, PhD
Main research interests include the genetics of pulmonary diseases, including asthma.


Nicholette D. (Palmer) Allred, PhD
Research focus on understanding the genetic architecture of complex diseases and underlying metabolic risk factors. Specifically, her research focuses on diabetes and related comorbidities including obesity, nephropathy, and cardiovascular disease. Progress in her research is made through multidisciplinary collaborations both internally and externally and complimented by access to multiple, ethnically diverse population-based and disease concentrated studies.

Annette T. Hastie, PhD
Main research interests include the genetics of pulmonary diseases, including asthma and COPD.  

Gregory A. Hawkins, PhD
Main research interests include a focus on pharmacogenetics related to asthma therapy, primarily in the corticosteroid and beta-2 agonist pathways and pharmacogenetics of beta-2 agonist therapy. Also, responsible for the high throughput sequencing lab.  

David M. Herrington, MD, MHS
Research focuses on the pathogenesis and prevention of atherosclerosis.  

Timothy D. Howard, PhD
Primary research focuses on identifying genes for complex diseases, with a focus on genes involved in cardiovascular and pulmonary disease.  

Patrick Koty, MD
Research focuses on Breast Cancer.  

Xingnan Li, PhD
Dr. Li is a statistical geneticist and has applied his knowledge of genetics and statistics to understand the genetics of asthma, asthma severity and asthma-related traits.  

Yongmei Liu, MD, PhD
Research focuses on the role of inflammatory factors in mediating the excess risk of cardiovascular disease.

Wendy Moore, MD
Current research focuses on defining gene-phenotype interactions in asthma to determine possible roles in disease expression and modulation of disease severity.

Maggie Ng, PhD
Research interest includes genetic epidemiology of diabetes, diabetic complications, obesity, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular diseases.  Projects focus on genome-wide association studies and meta-analyses for metabolic traits including type 2 diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular risk factors in African American and European populations.

Barbara Nicklas, PhD
Major research areas include aging, obesity and exercise physiology. Projects integrate evaluations of genetics, behavior, and medication use.

Victor Ortega, MD
Primary research focus is on asthma and beta agonist.

Sigun (Lilly) Zheng, MD
Supervises the high throughput genotyping lab. Involved in most major projects in the center, including those focused on prostate cancer, asthma, allergy, and cardiovascular disease.



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