UTHealth Expert List


Eric Boerwinkle, Ph.D.

Eric  Boerwinkle
  • Dean and M. David Low Chair, UTHealth School of Public Health
  • Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences, UTHealth School of Public Health
  • Kozmetsky Family Chair in Human Genetics, UTHealth

The research interests of Eric Boerwinkle, Ph.D., encompass the genetic analysis of common chronic diseases. Boerwinkle has authored more than 800 scientific publications in top tier journals and has led groundbreaking research on the connection between genes and health. He and his colleagues completed the world’s first genome-wide analyses for a variety of cardiovascular disease risk factors including hypertension and diabetes. These investigations have been a critical step in developing drugs that lower disease risk.

Previous Interview: http://go.uth.edu/Boerwinkle_QA


Jennifer Hoskovec, M.S., C.G.C.

Jennifer  Hoskovec
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
  • Director, Prenatal Genetic Counseling Service, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
  • Faculty, Genetic Counseling, UTHealth School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Director, Prenatal Genetic Counseling Services, Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital

Jennifer Hoskovec, M.S., C.G.C., has clinical and research expertise in prenatal testing and screening, psychosocial counseling for prenatal patients, genetic counseling graduate student education and genetic counseling professional issues. She is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counselors and serves as the 2014 president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.


Dianna Milewicz, M.D., Ph.D.

Dianna  Milewicz
  • Professor and director, Division of Medical Genetics, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
  • President George H.W. Bush Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
  • Vice-Chair, Department of Internal Medicine, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
  • Director, John Ritter Research Program in Aortic and Vascular Diseases
  • Director, The University of Texas MD/PhD Program, UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Dianna M. Milewicz, M.D., Ph.D., is one of the world’s leading researchers on the genetic predisposition of vascular diseases. She and her team have discovered six gene defects that lead to a predisposition to thoracic aortic aneurysms, acute aortic dissections, early onset strokes and intracranial aneurysms. Milewicz has been awarded the Antoine Marfan Award, Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award and The University of Texas Presidential Scholars Award for Excellence in Research. She has been inducted into the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. Milewicz is chair of the M.D.-Ph.D. Section for Graduate Research, Education and Training Group of the Association of American Medical Colleges and President of the Gulf Coast Region American Heart Association Board. She is board-certified in internal medicine and medical genetics.

Previous interview: http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/health&id=7256482


Hope Northrup, M.D.

Hope  Northrup
  • Professor and Director, Division of Medical Genetics, Department of Pediatrics, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
  • Director of the Medical Genetics Residency/Fellowship Program, Department of Pediatrics, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
  • Medical Director, Genetic Counseling Program, UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Attending Physician, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital

The clinical interests of Hope Northrup, M.D., include metabolic diseases, neurogenetic diseases and chromosome disorders. For more than 20 years, she has led a laboratory researching tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) and spina bifida and her research team has contributed to the discovery of two genes that cause TSC. Northrup is the author of a paper detailing new diagnostic criteria for TSC, which was published in the September 2013 issue of Pediatric Neurology. In 2006, she founded the Tuberous Sclerosis Center at UT Physicians, one of just 20 clinics in the country devoted to research and the treatment of TSC. She was named the 2012 Wise Woman HER Award recipient by Houston Woman Magazine.

Previous interview: http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/health&id=5825630


Michael R. Blackburn, Ph.D.,

Michael  R. Blackburn, Ph.D.
  • Executive vice president and chief academic officer of UTHealth
  • Joint dean of The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston
  • Professor and vice chairman of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
  • William S. Kilroy, Sr. Chair in Pulmonary Disease and John P. McGovern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Endowed Distinguished Professor at UTHealth

The research in the laboratory of Michael R. Blackburn, Ph.D., is focused on a signaling molecule called adenosine that plays a critical role in the healing process. When adenosine production is stimulated, it increases blood flow and oxygen levels to promote healing. Conversely, too much adenosine can trigger inflammation. Blackburn’s laboratory is particularly interested in the role of adenosine in lung inflammation with an eye on developing adenosine-based treatments. This research is particularly important because lung disease is a leading cause of death and there are no cures for many types.