Heather M. Highland, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Epidemiology
123 West Franklin St., Building C, Suite 410
CB #8050
Chapel Hill, NC 27516


Heather Highland is an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology who focuses on shared genetic epidemiology of chronic diseases. Dr. Highland is highly involved in the Population Architecture using Genomics and Epidemiology (PAGE) study which focuses on expanding biomedical research to benefit ancestrally diverse populations. Dr. Highland focuses on diabetes, underlying traits and diabetes complications. She is responsible for setting up analytical tools for multiple shared datasets, with complexities including in sampling design and relatedness.


  • PhD, Human and Molecular Genetics, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, 2015
  • BS, Biology, Trinity University, 2007