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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

My research focuses on understanding the role of genetic and environmental factors in differences in health behaviors, such as smoking, physical fitness, and obesity, which are modifiable risk factors for a range of health conditions like cancer. With expertise and experience in advanced genetic epidemiology, extended twin-family modeling, combined twin and association modeling, causal modeling, and genome-wide association analyses applied to genetically informative and genomic data collected primarily in adolescents and young adults, we hope to advance our knowledge of the etiology and trajectories of substance use and abuse and co-morbid conditions and traits, and identify pathways for prevention. Our research drives us to further develop and improve methods of data analysis and to make them accessible to a new generation of scientists through training programs.

Disease focus of research


Research keywords

Cancer risk behaviors,Genomics,Obesity,Prevention/population health,Tobacco

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

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