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Yann Klimentidis PhD, MS

Yann  Klimentidis PhD, MS

Associate Professor

Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department

1656 E Mabel St
Medical Research Building 115
PO Box: 245210
Tucson AZ 85724
(520) 621-0147


Yann Klimentidis, PhD is a genetic epidemiologist, focused primarily on cardiometabolic traits and diseases. My research group uses genetic and epigenetic information to: 1) understand disease pathophysiology, 2) understand and minimize health disparities, 3) individually tailor treatment and prevention approaches, and 4) improve prediction of disease risk. 

Selected Publications:

Klimentidis YC, Arora A (2016) Interaction of Insulin Resistance and Related Genetic Variants with Triglyceride-Associated Genetic Variants. Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics. In Press.

Klimentidis YC, Bea JW, Thompson P, Klimecki WT, Hu C, Wu G, Nicholas S, Ryckman KK, CHARGE Consortium Musculoskeletal Working Group, Chen Z (2016) Genetic Variant in ACVR2B Is Associated with Lean Mass. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. In Press.

Klimentidis YC, Arora A, Chougule A, Zhou J, Raichlen D. (2015) FTO association and interaction with time spent sitting. International Journal of Obesity. 39(9): 1371-5.

Klimentidis YC, Chougule A, Arora A, Frazier-Wood AC, Hsu CC. (2015) Triglyceride-increasing alleles associated with protection against type-2 diabetes. PLoS Genetics. 11(5):e1005204.

Vazquez AI, Klimentidis YC, Dhurandhar EJ, Veturi YC, Pérez-Rodríguez P. (2015) Assessment of Whole-Genome Regression for Type II Diabetes. PLoS One. 10(4):e0123818.

Klimentidis YC, Bea JW, Lohman T, Hsieh PS, Going S, Chen Z. (2015) High genetic-risk individuals benefit less from resistance exercise intervention. International Journal of Obesity. 39(9):1371-5.

Klimentidis YC, Chen Z, Arora A, Hsu CH (2014). Association of physical activity with lower type 2 diabetes incidence is weaker among individuals at high genetic risk. Diabetologia. 57(12):2530-2534.

Klimentidis YC, Wineinger NE, Vazquez AI, De los Campos G (2014). Multiple metabolic genetic risk scores and type 2 diabetes risk in three racial/ethnic groups. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. 99 (9):E1814-E1818.

Klimentidis YC, Lemas DJ, Wiener HH, O’Brien DM, Havel PJ, Stanhope KL, Hopkins SE, Tiwari HK, Boyer BB (2014). CDKAL1 and HHEX are associated with type-2 diabetes-related traits among Yup’ik people. Journal of Diabetes. 6 (3): 251-259.

Klimentidis YC, Dulin-Keita A, Casazza K, Willig A, Allison DB, Fernandez JR (2012) Genetic admixture, social-behavioral factors, and body composition are associated with blood pressure differently by racial-ethnic group among children. Journal of Human Hypertension. 26(2):98-107

Klimentidis YC, Miller G, Shriver MD (2009) The relationship between European genetic admixture and body composition among Hispanics and Native Americans. American Journal of Human Biology, 21(3):377-382.

Education and Training

1998                  B.A. Biology, Texas A&M University

2002                  M.S. Anthropology, University of New Mexico

2008                  Ph.D. Anthropology, University of New Mexico

2009 - 2012      Postdoctoral Training, Statistical Genetics, Dept. of                                                                                                                Biostatistics, University of Alabama at Birmingham

2012 - 2014      Arizona Clinical & Translational Research Graduate Certificate Program

Curriculum Vitae: 

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