Dr. Ruth Loos is Director of the Genetics of Obesity and Related Metabolic Traits Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Her research focuses on the identification of genes contributing to the risk of obesity and related metabolic traits. She has been involved in gene-discovery since 2005 and has since actively contributed to many consortia to identify genetic loci for a large number of metabolic traits. Increasingly, her work also focuses on the identification of low-frequency variants, not only in individuals of white European descent, but also in those of African and Hispanic decent.
Besides gene-discovery, Ruth uses epidemiological methods to follow-up on established loci with the aim to elucidate the pathways through which they increase risk of metabolic disease. Furthermore, her work also assesses the public health implications of the established loci by examining their predictive value and their interaction with lifestyle factors such as diet and physical activity.
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