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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

PhD in Molecular & Medical Genetics, UNT Health Science Center

MS in Forensic Genetics, UNT Health Science Center

BS in Biology, University of Houston

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Mitochondrial DNA Medicine & Life Sciences
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Mexican Americans Agriculture & Biology
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Propensity Score Medicine & Life Sciences
Population Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 2009 2022

Research Output 2009 2019

  • 120 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
  • 10 Article
  • 2 Review article

Circulating mitochondrial DNA: New indices of type 2 diabetes-related cognitive impairment in Mexican Americans

Silzer, T., Barber, R., Sun, J., Pathak, G., Johnson, L., O’Bryant, S. & Phillips, N., Mar 2019, In : PLoS ONE. 14, 3, e0213527.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Mexican Americans
Medical problems
Mitochondrial DNA
noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Genome-Wide Methylation of Mild Cognitive Impairment in Mexican Americans Highlights Genes Involved in Synaptic Transport, Alzheimer's Disease-Precursor Phenotypes, and Metabolic Morbidities

Pathak, G. A., Silzer, T. K., Sun, J., Zhou, Z., Daniel, A. A., Johnson, L., O'Bryant, S., Phillips, N. R. & Barber, R. C., 1 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. 72, 3, p. 733-749 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Alzheimer Disease
8 Citations (Scopus)

Etiology of type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's disease: Exploring the mitochondria

Silzer, T. K. & Phillips, N. R., 1 Nov 2018, In : Mitochondrion. 43, p. 16-24 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Alzheimer Disease
2 Citations (Scopus)
Propensity Score
Low Back Pain
Opioid Analgesics
Precision Medicine
6 Citations (Scopus)

Can genetic analysis of putative blood Alzheimer's disease biomarkers lead to identification of susceptibility loci?

Barber, R. C., Phillips, N. R., Tilson, J. L., Huebinger, R. M., Shewale, S. J., Koenig, J. L., Mitchel, J. S., O'Bryant, S. E., Waring, S. C., Diaz-Arrastia, R., Chasse, S. & Wilhelmsen, K. C., 1 Dec 2015, In : PLoS ONE. 10, 12, e0142360.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hematologic Diseases
Alzheimer disease
genetic techniques and protocols