Quentin Felty, M.S.P.H., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Environmental & Occupational Health
Molecular Risk Factors of Susceptibility to Metabolic Syndrome and its Contribution to Health Disparities in Obesity, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer
The prevalence of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer among ethnic minorities in the United States exceeds those seen in the general population. Metabolic syndrome, a group of risk factors associated with the development of cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes, has reached epidemic proportions and consequently impacts public health. Our laboratory is focused on the study of metabolic syndrome as the precursor of these chronic diseases. More specifically, obesity, as one of the central pathophysiologic mechanisms underlying the syndrome that is driven by environmental stressors. Our laboratory is committed to using state-of-the-art scientific technology and approaches to determine whether obesity may constitute an earlier "upstream" target for treatment and prevention with the hope of controlling these diseases in vulnerable communities. We are looking for graduate students with a basic knowledge in molecular and genetic biology who have a genuine interest in environmental public health research to identify molecular-disease mechanisms.
Areas of Research:
Department of Environmental & Occupational Health
Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work
Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus, AHC5 355
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199