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Sharon L.R. Kardia

Associate Dean for Education, the Millicent W. Higgins Collegiate Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health; Director, Public Health Genetics Program and Director, Life Sciences and Society Program

Dr. Sharon L. R. Kardia is the Senior Associate Dean for Administration and the Millicent W. Higgins Collegiate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Dr. Kardia joined the faculty of U-M SPH in 1998 and served as chair of the Department of Epidemiology from 2008 to 2012. She has over 30 years of experience in the epidemiology of common chronic diseases and has authored over 300 publications. A major emphasis of her work has been on the target organ damage associated with untreated and uncontrolled hypertension. Over the last decade, Dr. Kardia’s group has led investigations of genomic, epigenomic, and transcriptomic factors associated with over 100 different public health outcomes, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dementia, kidney disease and their relationship with social determinants of health. Currently, she is working to create ways for community benefit offices and local public health offices to focus efforts on reducing poverty to improve health by making it easier for anchor institutions to thrive in communities.

Ph.D. University of Michigan; M.A. University of Michigan; B.S. Carnegie-Mellon University

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