Paivi Pajukanta, MD, PhD

Professor and Vice Chair
Director of the Genetics and Genomics Home Area of graduate education at
UCLA and the Vice Chair of Education in the Department of Human Genetics at UCLA.

Dr. Pajukani's research group is interested in integrative genomics of complex cardiovascular and metabolic disorders. They have conducted several genome-wide scans and identified DNA sequence variants, genes, and pathways for complex cardiovascular and metabolic traits. She is especially interested in allele-specific transcriptional changes triggered by environmental factors; and genetic studies of admixed Latino populations that have been underrepresented in genomic studies despite their high predisposition to dyslipidemia and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Pajukanta has served as a principal investigator in several NIH R01 grants and as a Project Leader of an NIH PPG grant. I have trained multiple undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students; she has taught graduate level courses; and served as a problem-based learning tutor of medical students.