• 166 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
20092020

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Personal profile

Area of Expertise

I first arrived at UNTHSC in 2007 as a Masters student in the Forensic Genetics Program, working extensively in research on expert systems and software development for the field. Upon graduating in 2009, and having found a love for research, I decided to pursue a PhD in Molecular Genetics, which was conferred in December of 2013. Throughout my experience at UNTHSC as a student and postdoctoral fellow, my research interests evolved. With my roots in forensic genetics, I began studying genetics of age-related, complex disease. In 2016, I returned to UNTHSC as a faculty member and have established a diverse research program.
Our laboratory has a several areas of interest:
1) studies of mitochondrial DNA and mitochondrial function, in the context of various disease states such as Alzheimer’s disease, type 2 diabetes and preeclampsia (in collaboration with Dr. Stella Goulopoulou);
2) genetic aspects of pain and pain management, as the Director for Genomic Research for PRECISION Texas;
3) genetic risk for age-related disease and comorbidity patterns, via genome-wide genotyping, methylation profiling, and data mining.

Education/Academic qualification

MS in Forensic Genetics, UNT Health Science Center

PhD in Molecular & Medical Genetics, UNT Health Science Center

BS in Biology, University of Houston

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Research Output

  • 166 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
  • 17 Article
  • 2 Review article

Cell-free mitochondrial DNA increases in maternal circulation during healthy pregnancy: A prospective, longitudinal study

Cushen, S. C., Sprouse, M. L., Blessing, A., Sun, J., Jarvis, S. S., Okada, Y., Fu, Q., Romero, S. A., Phillips, N. R. & Goulopoulou, S., Feb 2020, In : American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology. 318, 2, p. R445-R452

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Scopus citations

    Comparative analysis of racial differences in breast tumor microbiome

    Thyagarajan, S., Zhang, Y., Thapa, S., Allen, M. S., Phillips, N., Chaudhary, P., Kashyap, M. V. & Vishwanatha, J. K., 1 Dec 2020, In : Scientific Reports. 10, 1, 14116.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Differentiation of Hispanic biogeographic ancestry with 80 ancestry informative markers

    Setser, C. H., Planz, J. V., Barber, R. C., Phillips, N. R., Chakraborty, R. & Cross, D. S., 1 Dec 2020, In : Scientific Reports. 10, 1, 7745.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Open Access
  • 1 Scopus citations

    Mitochondrial tRNA methylation in Alzheimer's disease and progressive supranuclear palsy

    Silzer, T. K., Pathak, G. A. & Phillips, N. R., 19 May 2020, In : BMC Medical Genomics. 13, 1, 71.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access