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2018 Distinguished Scientist -
Aldons J. Lusis, PhD, FAHA

Aldons J. Lusis, PhD, FAHAAldons J. Lusis, PhD, FAHA
Professor, Departments of Medicine,
Microbiology and Human Genetics
University of California
Los Angeles, Calif.

Aldons (Jake) Lusis did his PhD in Biophysics and his postdoc in Molecular Genetics. Since 1980, he has been a Professor at UCLA in the Departments of Medicine, Microbiology, and Human Genetics.

His laboratory uses population-based approaches in mice and humans to study common, complex forms of cardiovascular and metabolic disorders. Recent work in the lab has focused on the application of “systems genetics” approaches (involving the integration of clinical trait and “omics”-level data in populations) to address complex biological interactions. These include gene-by-environment interactions, tissue-tissue communication, and the role of the sex differences in cardiometabolic disorders.