The complex genetic basis of common human diseases and traits necessitates the development of new statistical methods to address new questions and new types of data. Hence, the main focus of our research lab is the development and evaluation of statistical methods for the analysis of genetic data. Much of this effort is motivated by ongoing collaborations in projects that focus on either family-based genetic epidemiology studies (e.g., the study of the aggregation of diseases in families, analysis of quantitative traits, and genetic linkage studies), or genetic association studies with common diseases (e.g., case-control studies).
General issues addressed by our research are study design, data analysis, and computational methods. As a result of our research, new software is developed and distributed to the research community. Continued feedback from a wide variety of applications improves our research and software developments.