Todd Edwards, MS, PhD

Associate Professor, Associate Director Vanderbilt Genetics Institute
Division of Epidemiology, Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt Genetics Institute, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Office Address
2525 West End Avenue
6th Floor, Suite 600, office 615


BS, Biology, Middle Tennessee State University
MS, Applied Statistics, Vanderbilt University
PhD, Human Genetics, Vanderbilt University

Research Interests

I am a genetic epidemiologist conducting research on the genetic determinants of complex human traits. I work extensively with electronic health records data to develop cohorts for genetic association studies. I work on cardiovascular traits such as blood pressure and hypertension, colorectal cancer, women's health traits and in general I am interested in studying traits with large racial disparities in incidence, average value, or severity.

Training and Mentoring

I am actively involved in training the next generation of scientists at Vanderbilt and VUMC. I was the Associate Director of Graduate Studies for the Epidemiology PhD Program for 5 years, and I am the incoming Director of Graduate Studies for the Human Genetics PhD Program. I co-chair the education committee of the International Genetic Epidemiology Society, and I am developing a MOOC for genetic epidemiology on the Coursera platform. I currently have 2 former trainees who are faculty, and two current postdocs, with openings for additional postdocs and students in our group. 

Keywords and Content Areas

Genetics, Epidemiology, Statistics, Association, Disparities

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