Paivi Elisabeth Pajukanta
|Title(s)||Department Vice Chair, Human Genetics|
|Title(s)||Professor, Human Genetics|
|University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland||MD||Medicine|
|University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland||PhD||Medical genetics|
I am Paivi Pajukanta, MD, PhD, Professor of Human Genetics at UCLA, and recipient of The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Endowed Chair in Precision Clinical Genomics. My research group is using integrative genomics approaches on multilayer genomics data, including single cell omics data, to identify cell-type-specific mechanisms underlying obesity and related cardiovascular and metabolic disorders, such as type 2 diabetes (T2D), dyslipidemia, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). I am especially interested in 1) genomic studies of the admixed Mexican population that has been underrepresented in genomic studies despite their high predisposition to obesity, T2D, dyslipidemias, and NAFLD; 2) development of computational methods for complex traits; and 3) utilizing single cell and bulk level RNA-sequencing and ATAC-sequencing approaches to study gene-environment interactions contributing to cardiovascular and metabolic traits.
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