Jennifer A. Smith

Research Assistant Professor

2268 ISR
426 Thompson
Ann Arbor, MI


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Dr. Smith studies the ways that genetic factors influence age-related chronic diseases, subclinical phenotypes, and their risk factors. Her work encompasses a broad range of phenotypes, including cardiovascular traits, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, subclinical phenotypes for dementia and cognition, obesity and body mass index, diabetes and glucose metabolism, metabolic syndrome, inflammation, and health behaviors. She is particularly interested in the interaction between genetic and non-genetic determinants of health (such as demographic, social, and psychosocial factors) in shaping disease risk. Her research also includes biological markers that may lend insight into disease etiology and molecular mechanisms, including epigenetics, gene expression, and telomere length. Dr. Smith earned her B.S. in Biology from Cornell University, and her M.P.H. (Health Management and Policy), M.A. (Statistics), and PhD (Epidemiology) from the University of Michigan. She is affiliated with the Center for Integrated Approaches to Health Disparities (CIAHD), Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging (MiCDA), and the Center for Midlife Science.