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David Conti: Epidemiology and Public Health

Following his time at Stanford, David Conti (Earth Systems BS ’96, MS ’00) completed a PhD in genetic epidemiology at Case Western University. He is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California. David’s broad interdisciplinary research grew out of his education in Earth Systems and his undergraduate honors in Environmental Science, Technology, and Policy. His interest in genetics was piqued by his undergraduate honors research in which he examined the effects of environmental temperature and genetic variation on butterfly flight performance.

David now develops novel statistical techniques that improve identification of genetic factors based on known biological pathways. He looks at the ways in which environmental factors affect genetic expression. David is currently investigating the impacts of air pollution on lung function development in children by altering oxidative stress and inflammation response. He is also investigating nicotine metabolism and the brain reward pathways with cigarette smoking.