Christy Avery, PhD

Assistant Professor Department of Epidemiology

T:(919) 966-4312

christy_avery@unc.edu

137 East Franklin Street

Suite 306

CB #8050

Chapel Hill, NC 27514

USA

Christy Avery is an assistant professor who specializes in cardiovascular epidemiology. Her specific research areas include  genetic epidemiology, pharmacogenomics, and translation-oriented methods to assess the burden of cardiovascular diseases in diverse populations. She also teaches graduate courses on epidemiologic data analysis and population burden measures in cardiovascular disease epidemiology.

Honors and Awards

American Heart Association’s Sandra Daugherty Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular or Hypertension Epidemiology
2015, American Heart Association

CHARGE visiting fellow (Mentor: Dr. Bruce Psaty, University of Washington)
2013, University of Washington

Postdoctoral Award for Research Excellence
2010, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Delta Omega Honorary Society for Graduate Studies in Public Health
2008, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Representative Courses

Epidemiologic Data Analysis (EPID 716) | Syllabus

Population Burden Measures in Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology (EPID 889) | Syllabus

Research Activities

Dr. Avery is interested in cardiovascular disease epidemiology, with specific areas related to heart failure, genetic epidemiology, pharmacogenomics and environmental health. She is also interested in translation-oriented methods to assess the burden of cardiovascular diseases in diverse populations.

Research Interests
  • Exposure Science
  • Heart Disease and Stroke
Key Publications

Single nucleotide polymorphisms in nucleotide excision repair genes, cancer treatment, and head and neck cancer survival. C Avery, J Barnholtz-Sloan, J Bensen, W Funkhouser, A Herring, A Olshan, M Weissler, A Wyss (2014). Cancer causes & control : CCC, 25(4), 437-50.

Single nucleotide polymorphisms in nucleotide excision repair genes, cancer treatment, and head and neck cancer survival. C Avery, J Barnholtz-Sloan, J Bensen, W Funkhouser, A Herring, A Olshan, M Weissler, A Wyss (2014). Cancer causes & control : CCC, 25(4), 437-50.

Comparison of study designs used to detect and characterize pharmacogenomic interactions in nonexperimental studies: a simulation study. C Avery, J Der, T Stürmer, E Whitsel (2014). Pharmacogenetics and genomics, 24(3), 146-55.

Comparison of study designs used to detect and characterize pharmacogenomic interactions in nonexperimental studies: A simulation study. Christy Avery, Jane Der, Til Stürmer, Eric Whitsel (2014). Pharmacogenetics and Genomics.

Drug-gene interactions and the search for missing heritability: A cross-sectional pharmacogenomics study of the QT interval. D.E. Arking, D.K. Arnett, C.L. Avery, J.C. Bis, E. Boerwinkle, B.M. Buckley, Y.-D. Chen, A.J.M. Craen, C. Duijn, M. Eijgelsheim, D. Enquobahrie, D.S. Evans, I. Ford, M.E. Garcia, V. Gudnason, T.B. Harris, S.R. Heckbert, H. Hochner, A. Hofman, W.-C. Hsueh, A. Isaacs, J.W. Jukema, P. Knekt, J.A. Kors, B.P. Krijthe, K. Kristiansson, M. Laaksonen, X. Li, Y. Liu, P.W. Macfarlane, C. Newton-Cheh, M.S. Nieminen, B.A. Oostra, G.M. Peloso, K. Porthan, B.M. Psaty, K. Rice, F.F. Rivadeneira, J.I. Rotter, V. Salomaa, N. Sattar, D.S. Siscovick, C.M. Sitlani, P.E. Slagboom, A.V. Smith, N. Sotoodehnia, D.J. Stott, B.H. Stricker, T. Stürmer, S. Trompet, A.G. Uitterlinden, R.G.J. Westendorp, E.A. Whitsel, J.C. Witteman (2014). Pharmacogenomics Journal, 14(1), 6-13.

Education

PhD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007

MPH, Epidemiology, University of Michigan, 2003

BA/BS, Human Biology, Michigan State University, 1999