Population Health

We seek to understand the complex relationships of diet and other behavioral and environmental factors, genetics and psychosocial stress. We are especially interested in understanding these relationships with the high and apparently increasing prevalence of cardiometabolic risk factors in adults, particularly in underserved communities.

Each population differs considerably in ancestral genetic history and in exposures to known risk factors for cardiometabolic diseases. They have unique dietary intake patterns, as well as social, cultural, and environmental structures that contribute to stressors.