Fernandez-JoseAssociate Professor

Dept. of Nutrition Sciences
School of Health Professions

Contact Information:

Office Address: WEBB 435
Phone: 205-934-2029
E-mail: jose@uab.edu
Websites: Dept. of Nutrition Sciences Faculty Page
School of Medicine Faculty Profile


University of Puerto Rico
BS, Biology, 1988

Columbia University
MA, Secondary Science Education, 1992

The Pennsylvania State University
PhD, 1999

Post-Graduate Training:

St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital Center
Postdoctoral Fellow, Obesity Research Center, 1999-2001

Research Description:

Dr. Fernández main research interest is the identification of genes that contribute to racial differences in obesity and diabetes. He uses the genetic admixture approach as a tool to decompose the genetic, social and cultural components underlying racial and ethnic differences. He is also interested on the application of methods for QTL mapping, the use of linear statistical models to (a) identify genes in the population (b) identify gene-gene interactions and (c) identify the interaction of genes and environment, and the use of statistical approaches to improve the identification of genes in the population.


DRC Membership Category:

Senior Scientist