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Braxton D. Mitchell, MPH, Ph.D.
Department of Medicine/Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Nutrition
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Braxton D. Mitchell, Ph.D.

Dr. Mitchell received his PhD from the University of Michigan in 1987 in Epidemiology and then moved to the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX for post-doctoral training, where he studied diabetes and cardiovascular disease in Mexican Americans.  In 1994 he joined the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research in San Antonio where he began working on family studies with an emphasis on statistical genetics of complex diseases. 

In 2000, Dr. Mitchell joined the faculty at the University of Maryland where his work has focused on understanding the genetic and environmental contributions to common complex diseases.  He has collaborated on numerous studies, including many large scale studies, some of which have provided research opportunities for his students.  He is a core investigator for the Amish Research group, directed the San Antonio Family Osteoporosis Study, was a founding member of the International Stroke Genetics Consortium, and has played a leading role in the genetics arm of the Osteoarthritis Initiative. In addition to his research program, Dr. Mitchell has served on multiple NIH study sections, is currently Associate Editor for Diabetes, Diabetes Metabolism Research Reviews, and Diabetes Management and has authored over 300 scientific publications.  At the University of Maryland, he co-directs the Human Genetics and Genomic Medicine track within the Program in Epidemiology & Human Genetics and has mentored numerous post-docs and graduate students.  He also directs the Molecular Genetics and Nutrigenomics Core in the Mid-Atlantic Nutrition and Obesity Center (NORC) and the Molecular and Translational Genomics (MTG) Core in the Baltimore Diabetes Research Training Center (DRTC).

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