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Dr. Caren Smith is Scientist II on the Nutrition and Genomics Team in the HNRCA. Her research interests focus on gene-by-environment interactions for cardiometabolic risk factors, including obesity and inflammation, with particular focus on health disparities in ethnic minorities. Dr. Smith’s current research involves genetic predictors of metabolic responses to dairy. She is an instructor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Dr. Smith has co-led the Nutrition Working Group of the Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology Consortium (CHARGE), which provides the infrastructure for research on gene-by-diet interactions for cardiometabolic outcomes data from dozens of multi-ethnic populations from the U.S., Europe and Asia since 2012. In 2013, Dr. Smith won the Outstanding CHARGE Working Group Leader Award. Dr. Smith has contributed to the understanding of dietary modulation of genetic risk in two specific areas: genetic modulation of metabolic responses to dairy products and relationships between genetic variants, circulating fatty acids and cardio-metabolic traits. She is a member of the American Heart Association and the American Society for Nutrition.


D.V.M., M.S., Tufts University

Current Research Projects
• USDA-ARS: Genomics, Nutrition, and Health
• NIH K-award career development award: Genetic predictors of metabolic responses to dairy