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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Cardiovascular Medicine
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Here at Stanford cardiovascular medicine, I have been pursuing the career of characterizing cardiometabolic disease genes by joining my current advisors who co-lead international consortium on Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) of insulin resistance (GENESIS) as the underlying risk factor of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Currently, we are scrutinizing the post-genomic studies of diabetes and glycemic traits associated loci by means of deep phenotyping approach i.e. multi-OMICs. I am, in particular, eager to harness these technologies to unravel the underlying cause of diabetes and the development of insulin resistance in the presence or absence (lipodystrophy) of obesity.
Here are two examples of our current theme of research we are following:
- Demonstrate FAM13A as the causative gene linking fasting insulin level and body fat distribution.
- Defined pathophysiological link of Human NAT2 and mouse orthologue, Nat1, to mitochondria function and cardiometabolic risk.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, General Internal Medicine
Bio Jacqueline Ferguson is postdoctoral research fellow working with Dr. David Rehkopf at The Center for Population Health Sciences through the Big Data-Scientist Training Enhancement Program (BD-STEP) at the Palo Alto VA. She specializes in using secondary data sources such as occupational records, insurance claims, and electronic health records to study the relationship between environmental exposures and population health. Jacqueline’s doctoral research examined the impact of specific components of shift work on worker health, and identified night and rotational work as risk factors for hypertension and Type II diabetes. Jacqueline received her doctoral degree in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley and a M.H.S in Environmental Health Sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, SCRDP/ Heart Disease Prevention
Bio I am a Sociologist and Postdoctoral Fellow in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. My research examines health, gender, and social inequality.
My primary research agenda investigates health disparities across class, race, and gender in the United States. I draw on both qualitative and quantitative methods to understand how neighborhoods, schools, and families shape our health behaviors and outcomes. My work has been published in journals such as Social Science & Medicine, Obesity, Sociological Science, and the Journal of Adolescent Health.
I hold a Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University, a M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Bremen, and a B.S. in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University.
Postdoctoral Medical Fellow, Nephrology
Bio Douglas Franz, MD, MPH, is a board-eligible nephrologist and advanced geriatrics fellow with Veterans Affairs in Palo Alto and Stanford University. He enjoys taking care of patients with kidney disease and serving our veterans. Dr Franz has a particular interest in the management of kidney dysfunction in patients with advanced heart failure as well as in patients with peripheral vascular disease. He is training to further his skills in epidemiology and clinical research with particular interest in utilizing large databases to investigate his questions and mastering contemporary statistical methods combined with new graphical software to vividly illustrate his findings. His goal is to become an independent investigator and operate a clinical research lab in his specialty.
Dr Franz is a burgeoning triathlete, currently training for his second Olympic-distance race. He plays guitar and is an avid reader, listening to two books per week on his commute. Primarily, he enjoys spending time with his wife, their daughter, and their wheaten terrier.