Special Issue "Genomics of Disease Risk in Diverse Populations"

A special issue of Genes (ISSN 2073-4425). This special issue belongs to the section "Population and Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 May 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Nora Franceschini
Guest Editor
Department of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Interests: diverse population; genetics; omics; trans-ethnic analyses; admixture bioinformatics; complex traits
Prof. Dr. Elizabeth Blue
Guest Editor
Division of Medical Genetics, Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
Interests: statistical genetics; genetic epidemiology; complex traits; rare disease genetics; variant annotation and interpretation; population genetics

Special Issue Information

There has been an increased interest in studying the genetic determinants of complex traits in diverse populations to uncover mechanisms explaining the uneven distribution in disease risk across populations. Recent studies suggest that the landscape of genetic regulation of gene expression varies across populations. Populations also vary in their DNA make-up. The Special Issue on Genomics of Disease Risk in Diverse Populations will accept manuscript submissions of human studies that highlight populations of diverse (non-European) ancestry. Topics of interest include but are not limited to: genome-wide studies of complex traits using association and admixture approaches, gene expression variation across populations, studies that integrate high-dimensional multi-omics with genotypes and traits, bioinformatics studies using gene expression or epigenetic data that are specific to a diverse population, and statistical methods that account for genetic differences across populations. Trans-ethnic studies should demonstrate the contribution of a diverse population to main findings. Studies of selected populations for which the genetic architecture is less known are encouraged to apply.

Prof. Dr. Nora Franceschini
Prof. Dr. Elizabeth Blue
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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  • Admixture mapping
  • Trans-ethnic analyses
  • Diverse Populations
  • Genetic architecture
  • Disease Risk
  • Personalized Medicine
  • Human diversity

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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