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Hermine H. Maes, Ph.D.

Massey Cancer Center research program membership

Cancer Prevention and Control

Department affiliations

Associate Professor, Department of Human and Molecular Genetics, School of Medicine


PhD, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (1992)

Research description

Dr. Maes' research program aims to improve our understanding of the etiology of health risk factors with the goal of preventing disease and reducing the population burden of ill health. She studies the genetics of obesity and smoking, combining twin data worldwide to map the changing role of genetic and environmental factors in health across the lifetime and explore individual differences in health trajectories. She manages phenotypic and genotypic data sharing with genome wide association study consortia, to identify genes for nicotine dependence. She collaborates with researchers in Scandinavia, capitalizing on their large population cohorts to identify familial and individual risk factors for substance use and health outcomes with family- and genome-based approaches. These projects rely on her expertise in structural equation modeling of data on twins, extended families, and genotypes, to investigate causes of variation, comorbidity, and heterogeneity of behavioral phenotypes.

Disease focus of research


Research keywords

Addiction,Cancer risk behaviors,Genomics,Health outcomes,Obesity,Prevention/population health,Tobacco

Published research (during tenure as a Massey Cancer Center member)

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