Associate professor, Department of Population Health Sciences
Scientist, Survey of the Health of Wisconsin
Corinne Engelman is a genetic epidemiologist interested in complex diseases and quantitative traits of aging, such as insulin resistance, obesity, hypertension, Alzheimer's, vitamin D deficiency and early cognitive and neurobiological changes consistent with preclinical Alzheimer's.
She is particularly interested in gene-gene and gene-environment interactions and methodologic approaches to studying the genetic contribution to complex phenotypes.
One major area of research is on the genetic architecture of vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with many adverse health outcomes, including bone diseases, cancers, autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, making vitamin D an important health outcome of interest.
Engelman is studying the genetic, behavioral and environmental predictors of vitamin D levels in the blood and of the association between vitamin D and other health outcomes, such as obesity and blood pressure, in Caucasians from the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin, as well as African and Hispanic Americans from the multicenter Insulin Resistance Atherosclerosis Study Family Study.