Mohammed Orloff, Ph.D., Joins UAMS Department of Epidemiology

By Nate Hinkel

Orloff’s research focuses on the interplay of multiple factors in the human genome that influence the risk for developing diseases, including cancers. Specifically, he is studying the genomic connection between cancer- and inflammatory-related pathways and the influence of unique ethnic-specific genetic markers on the development of disease in the presence of specific environmental exposures.

He has trained and conducted research in the fields of molecular biology, genetic epidemiology, genomics, epigenomics and bioinformatics. His primary areas of teaching are epidemiology, genetic/molecular epidemiology and genomics.

Orloff received post-graduate training in the area of functional genomics and proteomics at the Gesellschaft fur Biotechnologische Forrschung mbH (GBF) in Germany and the Center for Global Health and Diseases at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Ph.D. in genetic and molecular epidemiology from CWRU in 2005.

He served as a research assistant professor for five years at the Genomic Medicine Institute and as a genomics core manager and consultant for two years at the Genomics Core in the Lerner Research Institute, the research arm of the Cleveland Clinic.

In the 1990s, Orloff spent six years in Africa as a research scientist in molecular genetics and an advisor to several health projects.

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