Samantha Manna, PhD, performs her primary research in the joint application of molecular and computational approaches to assess the effects of genetic variation on complex traits and disease.
At the present, Dr. Manna's work focuses on characterizing the function of the gene CREBRF in cellular metabolism and on gene expression, as well as identifying the mechanism(s) by which variation in this gene is associated with anthropometric phenotypes, such as height and body mass index (BMI). She also studies the genetic associations of cardiometabolic traits in the Samoan population as a member of the Obesity, Lifestyle, and Genetic Adaptations (OLaGA, “life” in Samoan) study group.
Dr. Manna has a secondary appointment in the Pitt School of Public Health Department of Human Genetics.