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Executive Director at The Obesity Society
Dr. Comuzzie is a Scientist in the Department of Genetics at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute. He has more than twenty-five years of research experience focused on the genetics of complex diseases with a particular emphasis on obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. This work has been conducted in a wide range of ethnic populations including Mexican Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, as well as a variety of nonhuman primate species. Dr. Comuzzie is active in a number of scientific societies including the Obesity Society where he currently serves as the Secretary/Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee, and the Scientist Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW), where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees. Additionally, he recently served as a member of the NHLBI Expert Panel on Obesity and Overweight. In addition, Dr. Comuzzie serves as Editor of Frontiers in Applied Genetic Epidemiology, is an Associate Editor for BMC Medical Genetics, and is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics. He regularly reviews for a number of journals including Obesity, Diabetes, Circulation, and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, as well as being a standing member of the Kidney, Nutrition, Obesity, and Diabetes (KNOD) Study section of NIH. Currently he has published over 250 articles and chapters, with the majority of these focused on the genetics of cardiometabolic-related phenotypes. Dr. Comuzzie received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology in 1981 and a Masters of Arts degree in Anthropology in 1987 from Texas A&M University and his Doctorate of Philosophy in Biological Anthropology in 1992 from the University of Kansas.