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Dr. Stella Aslibekyan, PhD
Towards the Metabolomic Signature of the Nutritional Transition
Dr. Stella Aslibekyan is a cardiovascular epidemiologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a long-held interest in statistical genetics and epigenetics. She earned a Master's degree in Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health and a Doctorate in Epidemiology at Brown University, focusing on the intersection of diet and genetic variation in a large population-based study of myocardial infarction in Costa Rican adults. Since then, she has conducted multiple genome- and epigenome-wide studies of chronic disease risk factors and discovered several novel loci associated with plasma lipids, obesity, and inflammation. Currently, Dr. Aslibekyan is conducting a pilot study that aims to identify molecular features that mediate the well-known association between bean consumption and decreased risk of metabolic syndrome in Costa Ricans. She hopes to expand it into an integrative project characterizing the interplay of genetic variation, dietary patterns, and fine molecular phenotypes in the setting of nutritional transition.