Dr. Simino completed formal training in biochemistry, molecular pathology, statistics, chronic disease epidemiology, and genetic epidemiology. Her postdoctoral research focused on the genetic and environmental architecture of cardiovascular traits, particularly blood pressure and lipid levels. Currently, Dr. Simino is investigating the genetic underpinnings of biomarkers of Alzheimer’s Disease and cognitive aging using data from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study. She has conducted linkage, genome-wide association, and whole exome sequence analyses, as well as meta-analyses of genetic studies from around the world. Her long-term goal is to identify genes that can be therapeutically targeted to improve a patient’s physical and mental health.