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José Fernández, Ph.D.

Professor and Vice Chair for Education
Department of Nutrition Sciences
Program Director, UAB Pre-Doctoral Training in Obesity-Related Research (T32HL105349)
522 Webb Nutrition Sciences Building
1675 University Blvd. Birmingham, AL 35294
Phone: 934-2029
Full CV

Dr. José R. Fernández is a Professor and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Nutrition Sciences. Dr. Fernández obtained his Ph.D. in Biobehavioral Health from Pennsylvania State University, training in genetics of complex traits under the advisory of Dr. Gerald McClearn and working with the three most commonly used models for genetic research: fruit flies, mice, and humans. He continued his academic training at the New York Obesity Research Center at Columbia University as a post-doctoral fellow focusing on genetics of obesity, under the mentorship of Dr. David B. Allison, and receiving specialized training in statistical models to improve the identification of genetic and environmental influences on obesity-related characteristics. Dr. Fernández joined UAB in August 2001, bringing special expertise in the application of statistical models to detect and disentangle genetic and environmental influences in obesity-related traits.

Dr. Fernandez has also been actively involved in the training of pre- and post-doctoral scientists, serving as Associate Director for Education for the NORC Post-Doctoral T32 and as Associate Director for Curricular Education and Diversity Promotion for the Pre-Doctoral T32. He has been the recipient of many awards, including the UAB President’s Faculty Diversity Award (2007), the UAB Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring (2010), the UAB School of Health Professions Joseph F Volker Outstanding Faculty Award (2012), and the inaugural recipient of the Shiriki Kumanyika’s Diversity Award by The Obesity Society (2015).

Research Interests:

Dr. Fernández's primarily line of research 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 in complex traits. He is also interested on 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;

as well as the impact of environmental factors in nutritional outcomes and disease prevention.


  1. Vogler GP, Tang W, Nelson TL, Hofer SM, Grant JD, Tarantino LM, Fernández JR. (1997). A Multivariate Model for the Analysis of Sibship Covariance Using Marker Information and Multiple Quantitative Traits.  Genet Epidemiol, 14: 921-926. PMID: 9433601
  2. Fernández, JR, Vogler GP, Tarantino LM, Vignetti S, Plomin R, McClearn GE. (1999). Sex-exclusive QTL Influences in Alcohol‑related Phenotypes.  Am J Med Genet, 88, 647-652. PMID: 10581484
  3.  Fernández JR, Grant MD Tulli N, Karkowski L, McClearn GE. (1999). Differences in Locomotor Behavior across the Lifespan of Drosophila melanogaster.  Exp Gerontol, 34 (5) 621-631. PMID: 10530788
  4. Allison DB, Fernández JR, Heo M, Beasley MT. (2000). Testing the Robustness of the New Haseman-Elston Quantiattive Trait Loci (QTL) Mapping Procedure. Am J Hum Genet, 67, 249-252. PMCID: PMC1287085
  5. Fernández JR, Tarantino LM, Vogler GP, McClearn GE. (2000). Epistatic Quantitative Trait Loci for Alcohol Preference in Mice.  Behav Genet, 30(6), 431-437. PMID: 11523702
  6. Allison DB, Fernández JR, Heo M, Zhu S, Etzel C, Beasley TM, Amos CI. (2002). Bias in QTL Effect Estimates in Genome Scans: Demonstration of the Phenomenon and a Method-of-Moments (MOM) Procedure for Reducing Bias. Am J Hum Genet, 70(3):575-85. PMCID: PMC384937
  7. Fernández JR, Etzel C, Beasley TM, Shete S, Amos CI Alison DB (2002). Improving the power of sib pair quantitative trait loci detection by phenotype winsorization. Hum Hered 53(2): 59-67. PMID: 12037405
  8. Allison DB, Gadbury G, Heo M, Fernández JR, Lee C-K, Prolla TA,  Weindruch R. (2002). A Mixture Model Approach for the Analysis of Microarray Gene Expression Data. Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, 39 1–20.
  9. Fernández JR,  Heo M, Heymsfield SB, Pierson RN Jr., Pi-Sunyer X, Wang ZM, Wang J, Hanyes M, Allison DB, Gallagher D. (2003). Is Percent Body Fat Differentially Related to BMI in Hispanics- African- and European Americans? Am J Clin Nutr, 77(1): 71-75.
  10. Gower BA, Fernández JR, Beasley TM, Shriver MD, Goran M. (2003).  Using Genetic Admixture to Explain Racial Differences in Insulin-related Phenotypes. Diabetes 52(4):1047-1051. PMID: 12663479
  11. Fernández JR, Shriver MD, Beasley TM, Rafla-Demetrious N, Parra E, Albu J, Nicklas B, Ryan AS, McKeigue PM, Hoggart CL, Weinsier R, Allison DB. (2003). Association of African Genetic Admixture with Resting Metabolic Rate and Obesity Among African American Women. Obes Res, 11: 904-911. PMID: 12855761
  12. Etzel CJ, Shete S, Beasley TM, Fernández JR, Allison DB, Amos CI. (2003). Effect of Box-Cox Transformation on Power of Haseman-Elston and Maximum-likelihood Variance Components tests to Detect Quantitative Trait Loci. Hum Hered, 55: 108-116. PMID: 12931049
  13. Fernández JR, Allison DB. (2003). Understanding Racial Differences in Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome Traits. Nutr Rev, 61(9): 316-319. PMID: 14552068
  14. Wang C, Weindruch R, Fernández JR, Coffey CS, Patel P, Allison DB. (2004). Caloric Restriction and Body Weight Independently Affect Longevity in Wistar Rats. Int J Obes Metab Disord, 28(3):357-362. PMID: 14724654
  15. Shete S, Beasley M, Etzel C, Fernández JR, Chen J, Allison DB, Amos CI. (2004). Effect of Winsorization on Power and Type 1 Error of Variance Components and Related Methods of QTL Detection. Behav Genet, 34(2): 153-159. PMID: 14755180
  16. Fernández JR, Allison DB. (2004). Rimonabant Sanofi-Synthelabo. Current Opinion in Invest New Drugs, 5: 430-435.
  17. Bonilla C, Shriver MD, Parra EJ, Jones A, Fernández JR. (2004). Ancestral Proportions and their Association with Skin Pigmentation and Bone Mineral Density in Puerto Rican Women from New York City. Hum Genet, 15(1): 57-68. PMID: 15118905
  18. Redden DT, Fernández JR, Allison DB. (2004). A Simple Significant Test for Quantile Regression. Stat Med, 23:2587–2597. PMID: 18329400
  19. Fernández JR, Shriver MD. (2004). Using Genetic Admixture to Study the Biology of Obesity Traits and to Map Genes in Admixed Populations. Nutr Rev, 62(7): S69 - S74. PMID: 15387470
  20. Fernández JR, Redden D, Pietrobelli A, Allison DB. (2004). Waist Circumference Percentiles in Nationally Representative Samples of Black, White and Hispanic Children. J Pediatr, 145(4): 439-444. PMID: 15480363
  21. Lara-Castro C, Hunter GR, Lovejoy JC, Gower BA, Fernández J R. (2005). Association of the Intestinal Fatty Acid Binding Protein Ala54Thr Polymorphism and Abdominal Adipose Tissue in African American and Caucasian Women. J Clin Endocrinol Metab, 90(2):1196-1201. PMID: 15572430
  22. Cope MB, Nagy TR, Geary ND, Fernández JR, Casey, DE, Allison, DB. (2005). Antipsychotic Drug-induced Weight Gain: Development of an Animal Model. Int J Obes; 29(6): 607-614. PMID: 15795750
  23. Lara-Castro, C, Hunter GR, Lovejoy JC, Gower BA, Fernández JR. (2005). Apolipoprotein A-II Polymorphism and Visceral Adiposity in African-American and White Women. Obes Res, 13(3): 507-512. PMID: 15833935
  24. Zakharkin SO, Belay A, Fernández JR, De Luca V, Kennedy JL, Sokolowski, MB,  Allison DB. (2005). Lack of Association Between Polymorphism of the Cyclic GMP - Dependent Protein Kinase Gene and Obesity. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord, 29(7):872-874. PMID: 15917860
  25. Shriver MD, Mei R, Parra EJ, Sonpar V, Halder I, Tishkoff SA, Schurr TG, Zhadanov SI, Osipova LP, Brutsaert TD, Friedlaender J, Jorde LB, Watkins WS, Bamshad MJ, Gutierrez G, Loi H, Matsuzaki H, Kittles RA, Argyropoulos G, Fernández JR, Akey JM, Jones KW. (2005). Large-scale SNP Analysis Reveals Clustered and Continuous Patterns of Human Genetic Variation. Hum Genet, 2(2):81-89. PMID: 16004724
  26. Higgins PB, Fernández JR, Goran MI, Gower BA. (2005). Early Ethnic Difference in IGF-1 is Associated with African Genetic Admixture. Pediatr Res, 58(5): 850-854. PMID: 16183814
  27. Roy JL, Hunter GR, Fernández, JR, McCarthy JP, Larson-Meyer DE, Blaudeau, TE, Newcomer,  BR. (2006). Cardiovascular Factors Explain Racial Differences in VO2max. Am J Hum Biol, 18(4): 454-460. PMID: 16788902
  28. Redden DT, Divers J, Vaughan LK, Tiwari HK, Beasley TM, Fernández JR, Kimberly RP, Feng R, Padilla M, Liu N, Miller MB, Allison DB. (2006) Regional Admixture Mapping and Structured Association Testing: Conceptual Unification and an Extensible General Linear Model. PloS Genet,2(8); e137. PMCID: PMC1557785
  29. Fernández JR, Willig A, Jones A, Shriver MD, Albu J,  Allison DB (2006). Genetic Admixture is Associated with Visceral Adipose Tissue in Puerto Rican Women. Int J Body Com, 4(3): 137-143.
  30. Munoz J, Lok KH, Gower BA, Fernández JR, Hunter GR, Lara-Castro C, De Luca M, Garvey WT. (2006). A Polymorphism in the Transcription Factor 7-like 2 (TCF7L2) Gene is Associated with Reduced Insulin Secretion in Non-diabetic Women. Diabetes, 55: 3630-3634. PMID: 17130514
  31. Douglas CC, Willig AL, Ard JD, López-Alarcón M, Fernández JR. (2006). Nutritional, health and behavioral factors are associated with body composition in elderly Puerto Rican women. Int J Body Com, 4(4): 177-183.
  32. López-Alarcón M, Hunter GR, Gower BA, Fernández JR.(2007). IGF-I Polymorphism is associated with lean mass, exercise economy and performance. Arch Med Res, 38(1): 56-63. PMCID: PMC1831461
  33. Divers J, Vaughan LK, Padilla M, Fernández JR, Allison DB, Redden DT. (2007). Correcting for measurement error in individual ancestry estimates in structured association tests. Genetics, 176 (3): 1823-1833. PMCID: PMC19311538
  34. Gower BA, Ard J, Hunter GR, Fernández JR, Ovalle F. (2007). Elements of the Metabolic Syndrome: Association with Insulin Sensitivity, and Effects of Ethnicity. Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders, 5:89-98. PMCID: PMC3074467
  35. Fernández JR, Casazza K, Divers J, López-Alarcón, M. (2007). Disruptions in energy balance: Does nature overcome nurture? Physiology and Behavior, 94(1): 105-112. PMCID: PMC2441759
  36. Krumdieck CL, Fernández JR, Desmond RA, Kleinstein RN, Shipp MD, Prince CW. (2008). C677T Methylene-H4-Folate-Reductase Decreases Binocular Accommodation. Optometry and Vision Science, 85 (3): 196-200. PMID: 18317335
  37. Halder I, Shriver M, Thomas M, Fernández JR, Frudakis T. (2008). A panel of ancestry informative markers for estimating individual biogeographical ancestry and admixture from four continents: utility and applications. Human Mutation, 29(5): 648-58. PMID: 18286470
  38. Hunter GR, Byrne NM, Sirikul B, Fernández JR, Zuckerman PA, Darnell BE, Gower BA. (2008). Resistance training conserves fat-free mass and resting energy expenditure following weight loss. Obesity, 16 (5): 1045-51. PMID: 18356845
  39. De Luca M, Moses-Chambers M, Casazza K, Lok KH, Hunter GR, Gower BA, Fernández JR. (2008). Genetic variation in a member of the laminin gene family affects variation in body composition in Drosophila and humans. BMC-Genetic, Aug 11; 9: 52. PMCID: PMC2533007
  40. Casazza K, Higgins PB, Fernández JR, Goran MI, Gower BA. (2008). Longitudinal analysis of the insulin-like growth factor system in African American and European American children and adolescents.  J Clin Endocrinol Metab. Sep 9. PMCID: PMC2626444
  41. Lara-Castro C, Doud EC, Tapia PC, Munoz AJ, Fernández JR, Hunter GR, Gower BA, Garvey WT. (2008). Adiponectin Multimers and Metabolic Syndrome Traits: Relative Adiponectin Resistance in African Americans. Obesity, Sep 25. PMCID: PMC2721223
  42. Higgins PB, Fernández JR, Garvey WT, Granger WM, Gower BA. (2008).Entero-insular axis and postprandial insulin differences in African American and European American children. Am J Clin Nutr, 88(5):1277-83, 2008. PMCID: PMC2785031
  43. Casazza K, del Corral P, Thomas O, Dulin-Keita A, Gower BA, Fernández JR. (2009). Characterization of the metabolic syndrome in a multi-ethnic sample of children: Is it useful? Open Obesity J, 1(1): 1-8.
  44. Casazza K, Dulin-Keita A, PhD, Gower BA, Fernández, JR. (2009). Differential influence of diet and physical activity on components of metabolic syndrome in a multiethnic sample of children. J Am Diet Assoc, 109(2):236-44. PMCID: PMC2743425
  45. Casazza K, Gower BA, Willig AL, Hunter G, Fernández JR. (2009). Physical Fitness, Activity, and Insulin Dynamics in Early Pubertal Children.  Ped Ex Sci, 21(1). PMCID: PMC2918229
  46. Willig AL, Casazza K, Divers J, Bigham AW, Gower BA, Hunter GR, Fernández JR. (2009). Uncoupling protein 2 Ala55Val polymorphism is associated with a higher acute insulin response to glucose. Metabolism, 58(6):877-81. PMCID: PMC2704067
  47. Alvarez JA, Higgins PB, Oster RA, Fernández JR, Darnell BE, Gower BA. (2009). Fasting and postprandial markers of inflammation in lean and overweight children. Am J Clin Nutr, 89(4): 1138-44. PMCID: PMC2667459
  48. Casazza K, Phadke RP, Fernández JR, Watanabe RM, Goran MI, Gower BA. (2009). Obesity Attenuates the Contribution of African Admixture to the Insulin Secretory Profile in Peripubertal Children: A Longitudinal Analysis. Obesity, 17 (7): 1318-25. PMCID: PMC2938182
  49. Casazza K, Dulin-Keita A, Gower BA, Fernández JR. (2009). Relationships between reported macronutrient intake and insulin dynamics in a multi-ethnic cohort of early pubertal children. Int J Ped Obes, 4(4): 249-56. PMCID: PMC2918230
  50. Casazza K, Gower BA, Willig AL, Hunter G, Fernández JR. (2009). Physical Fitness, Activity, and Insulin Dynamics in Early Pubertal Children.  Ped Ex Sci; 21(1): 63-76. PMCID: PMC2918229
  51. Hunter, GR, Chandler-Laney PC, Brock DW, Lara-Castro C, Fernández JR, Gower BA. (2009). Fat distribution, aerobic fitness, blood lipids, and insulin sensitivity in African-American and European-American women. Obesity; 16(5): 1045-51. PMCID: PMC2813936.
  52. Dulin-Keita A, Casazza K, Thomas O, Fernández JR. (2009). Neighborhood Level Disadvantage is Associated with Reduced Dietary Quality in Children. J Am Diet Assoc.  109 (9): 1612-6. PMCID: PMC2760324
  53. Casazza K, Natour N, Divers J, Vaughn LK, Bigham AW, Gower BA,, Hunter G, Fernández JR. (2009). Triacyglycerol concentration may be influenced in part by variation in the LPL gene.  The Open Obesity Journal, 1, 23-31.
  54. Casazza K, Fernández JR. (2009). Genetic Determinants of Cardiovascular Disease in Hispanics. Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports, 3 (3): 175-180.
  55. Fernández JR, Casazza K, Wilkinson E, Willig AL, Hunter GR, Beasly M. (2009). Factors clustering physical activity measures are associated with adiposity in children. Int J Body Com, 7(3): 91-98.
  56. Casazza K, Dulin-Keita A, Gower B, Fernández JR. Intrabdominal fat is related to metabolic risk factors in Hispanic Americans, African Americans and in girls. Acta Paediatr, 98 (12): 1965-71. PMCID: PMC2921892
  57. Hull HR, Thornton J, Wang J, Pierson RN Jr, Kaleem Z, Pi-Sunyer X, Heymsfield S, Albu J, Fernández JR, Vanitallie TB, Gallagher D. (2010) Fat-free mass index: changes and race/ethnic differences in adulthood. Int J Obes. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 20531353
  58. Willig AL, Casazza K, Dulin-Keita A, Franklin F, Amaya M, Fernández JR. (2010). Adjusting adiposity and body weight measurements for height alters the relationship with blood pressure in children. Am J Hypertens.  Epub ahead of print. PMCID: PMC2998040
  59. Suchy FJ, Brannon PM, Carpenter TO, Fernández JR, Gilsanz V, Gould JB, Hall K, Hui SL, Lupton J, Mennella J, Miller N, Osganian SK, Sellmeyer DE, Wolf MA (2010). National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference: Lactose Intolerance and Health. Ann Inter Med, 152(12):792-6. PMID: 20404261
  60. Casazza K, Willig AL, Gower BA, Nagy TR, Hunter GR, Wallace S, Amaya M, Franklin F, Beasley TM, Fernández JR. (2010). The role of genetic background in the etiology of the insulin resistance syndrome in children – Are the effects mediated by excessive fat accumulation?  J Peds. 157(1):50-56. PMCID: PMC3119818
  61. Casazza K, Thomas O, Dulin-Keita A, Fernández JR. (2010). Adiposity and genetic admixture, but not race/ethnicity, influence bone mineral content in peripubertal children. J Bone Miner Metab.28(4): 424-32. PMCID: PMC2921161
  62. Hanks L, Casazza K, Willig AL, Cardel MI, Beaseley TM, Fernández JR.  Associaton among calcium intake, resting energy expenditure, and body fat in a multiethnic sample of children. (2010). J Peds. 157(3): 473-478. PMID: 220400090
  63. De Luca M, Klimentidis YC, Casazza K, Chambers MM, Cho R, Harbison ST, Jumbo-Lucioni P, Zhang S, Leips J, Fernández JR. (2010). A conserved role for syndecan family members in the regulation of whole-body energy metabolism. Plos One, 5(6): e11286. PMCID: PMC2890571
  64. Casazza K, Page GP, Fernández JR. (2010). The association between the 351 (AàG) and 397 (TàC) estrogen receptor alpha gene polymorphisms and risk factors for cardiovascular disease: a review. Biological Res Nurs, 12 (1): 84-97.
  65. Hanks L, Casazza K, Alvarez J, Fernández J. (2010). Does fat fuel the fire?: Independent and interactive effects of genetic, physiological, and environmental factors on variations in fat deposition and distribution across populations. J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab, 23 (12): 1233-44. PMID: 21714457
  66. Cardel M, Higgins PB, Willig AL, Keita AD, Casaza K, Gower BA, Fernández JR. (2011). African genetic admixture is associated with body composition and fat distribution in a cross-sectional study of children. Int J Obes. 35(1): 60-65.
  67. Chandler-Laney PC, Phadke R, Granger WM, Fernández JR, Muñoz AJ, Dalla Man C, Cobelli C, Ovalle F, Gower BA (2011). Age-related changes in insulin sensitivity and β-cell function among European American and African American women.  Obesity, 19(3): 528-35. PMCID: PMC3074467
  68. Klimentidis YC, Abrams M, Wang J, Fernández JR, Allison DB (2011). Natural selection at genomic regions associated with obesity and type-2 diabetes: East Asians and sub-Saharan Africans exhibit high levels of differentiation at type-2 diabetes regions. Human Genetics. 129 (4): 407-418. PMCID: PMC3113599
  69. Klimentidis YC, Dulin-Keita A, Casazza K, Willig AL, Allison DB, Fernández JR (2011). Genetic admixture, social-behavioral factors, and body composition are associated with blood pressure differently by racial-ethnic group among children. Journal of Human Hypertension, 26(2): 98-107. PMCID: PMC3172395
  70. Klimentidis YC, Divers J, Casazza K, Allison DB, Fernández JR (2011). Ancestry informative marker between THADA and BCL11A is associated with insulin-related traits in a racially diverse sample of children. Human Genomics, 5(2): 79-89. PMCID: PMC3146800
  71. Casazza K, Hanks LJ, Beasley TM, Fernández JR (2011). Beyond thriftiness: independent and interactive effects of genetic and dietary factors on variations in fat deposition and distribution across populations. Am J Phys Anthropol, 145(2): 181-91. PMCID: PMC3099307
  72. Keita AD, Casazza K, Thomas O, Fernández JR (2011) Neighborhood perceptions affect dietary quality. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 43(4):244-250. PMCID: PMC3013241.
  73. Cox TL, Ard JD, Beasley TM, Fernández JR, Howard VJ, Affuso O (2011). Body Image as a Mediator of the Relationship Between Body Mass Index and Weight-Related Quality of Life in Black Women. Journal of Women’s Health, 20(10): 1 – 6. PMCID: PMC3186445
  74. Willig AL, Hunter GR, Casazza K, Heimburger DC, Beasley TM, Fernández JR. (2011). Body fat and racial genetic admixture are associated with aerobic fitness levels in a multiethnic pediatric population.  Obesity. PMCID: PMC3182292
  75. Dulin-Keita A, Hannon L, Fernández JR, Cockerham, WC. (2011). The defining moment: children’s conceptualization of race and experiences with racial discrimination. Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies, 34(4): 662-682. PMCID: PMC3083924
  76. Cardel M, Willig AL, Dulin-Keita A, Casazza K, Beasley TM, Fernández JR. (2011) Parental Feeding Practices and Perceptions are not Predictors of Child Adiposity in a Multi-Ethnic Sample. Appetite, 58(1): 347-353.
  77. Willig AL, Hanks LJ, Fernández JR (2011).  Birth weight is associated with body composition in a multiethnic pediatric cohort.  The Open Obesity Journal.  3: 4-8.
  78. Casazza K, Hanks LJ, Fernández JR (2011). Shorter sleep may be a risk factor for impaired bone mass accrual in childhood. Journal of Clinical Densitometry, 14(4): 453-457.
  79. Klimentidis YA, Chen GB, López-Alarcón M, Harris JJ, Duarte CW, Fernández JR. (2011) Associations of Obesity Genes with Obesity-related Outcomes in Multiethnic Children. Arch Med Res, 42(6): 509-514.  PMCID: PMC3541020.
  80. López-Alarcón M, Martínez-Coronado A, Velarde-Castro O, Rendón-Macías E, Fernández JR (2011). Supplementation of n3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid synergistically decreases insulin resistance with weight loss of obese prepubertal and pubertal children. Arch Med Res, ;42(6):502-8.
  81. Casazza K, Fernández, JR, Allison DB. (2012) Modest protective effects of breastfeeding on obesity: Is the Evidence Truly Supportive? Nut Today, 47 (1): 33-38
  82. Fernández JR, Klimentidis YC, Dulin-Keita A, Casazza K (2012) Genetic influences in childhood obesity: recent progress and recommendations for experimental designs. International Journal of Obesity. 36 (4): 479-484. PMID: 22158269
  83. Dulin-Keita A, Casazza K, Fernández JR, Goran MI, Gower B. (2012). Do neighbourhoods matter? Neighbourhood disorder and long-term trends in serum cortisol levels. J Epidemiol Community Health. 66(1):24-29
  84. Lemas DJ, Wiener HW, O’Brien DM, Hopkins S, Stanhope KL, Havel PJ, Allison DB, Fernández JR, Tiwari HK, Boyer BB (2012). Genetic polymorphisms in carnitine palmitoyltransferase 1A gene are associated with variation in body composition and fasting lipid traits in Yup’ik Eskimos. Journal of Lipid Research, 53(1): 175-184.
  85. Duarte CW, Klimentidis YC, Harris JJ, Cardel M, Fernández JR. A Hybrid Bayesian Network/Structural Equation (BN/SEM) Modeling Approach for Detecting Physiological Networks for Obesity-related Genetic Variants (2012). Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics & Biomedicine, 696-792. PMCID: PMC3272699
  86. Allon M, Zhang L, Maya ID, Bray MS, Fernández JR, the Dialysis Access Consortium (DAC) Study. (2012).  Association of Factor V Leiden gene polymorphism with arteriovenous graft failure. Am J Kidney Dis., 59(5): 682-688. PMCID: PMC3328616.
  87. Needham BL, Fernández JR, Lin J, Epel ES, Blackburn EH (2012). Socioeconomic status and cell aging in children. Soc Sci Med, 74(12): 1948-51.
  88. Hanks L, Casazza K, Ashraf A, Fernández JR . Calcium homeostasis may influence resting energy expenditure with effects most apparent in early pubertal girls (2012). Acta Paediatr., 101(8): 363-368. PMCID: PMC3396785.
  89. De Luca M, Chandler-Laney, PC, Wiener H, Fernández JR (2012). Common variants in the LAMA5 gene associated with fasting plasma glucose and serum triglyceride levels in a cohort of pre-and early pubertal children. J Pediatr Genet, 1(4): 4.
  90. López-Alarcón M, Rodríguez-Cruz M, Vital-Reyes VS, Zavala-Ortega MI, Hinojosa-Cruz JC, Canizales-Quinteros S, Fernández JR (2012). PPARγ2 Pro12Ala polymorphism is associated with improved lipoprotein lipase functioning in adipose tissue of insulin resistant obese women. Gene [epub ahead of print]
  91. Chandler-Laney PC, Higgins PB, Granger W, Alvarez J, Casazza K, Fernández JR, Dalla Man C, Cobelli C, Gower BA. (2013) Use of a simple liquid meal test to evaluate insulin sensitivity and beta-cell function in children. Pediatr Obes, [epub ahead of print]. PMID:23447466. 
  92. Malek AJ, Klimentidis YC, Kell KP, Fernández, JR (2013). Associations of the lactase persistence allele and lactose intake with body composition among multiethnic children. Genes Nutr [epub ahead of print]
  93. Hanks LJ, Casazza K, Ashraf AP, Ramanadham S, Ard J, Bray MS, Beasley, MT, Fernández JR (2013) Vitamin D and calcium-sensing receptor polymorphisms differentially associate with rsting energy expenditure in peripubertal children. J Bone Miner Metab. [epub ahead of print]
  94. Cardel M, Willig AL, Dulin-Keita A, Casazza K, Cherrington A, Gunnarsdottir T, Johnson SL, Peters JC, Hill JO, Allison DB, Fernández JR. (2013) Home-schooled children are thinner, leaner, and report better diets relative to traditionally-schooled children. Aug 26. doi: 10.1002/oby.20610. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 24039204
  95. Fernández JR, Pearson KE, Kell KP & Bohan Brown MM. (2013) Genetic admixture and obesity: recent perspectives and future applications. Human Heredity.75 (2-4): 98-105. PMID: 24081225.
  96. Lemas DJ, Klimentidis YC, Wiener HH, O'Brien DM, Hopkins SE, Allison DB, Fernández JR, Tiwari HK, Boyer BB. (2013).Obesity polymorphisms identified in genome-wide association studies interact with n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid intake and modify the genetic association with adiposity phenotypes in Yup'ik people. Genes Nutr. 8(5):495-505. PMCID:PMC3755132
  97. Campbell C, Grapov D, Fiehn O, Chandler CJ, Burnett DJ, Souza EC, Casazza GA, Gustafson MB, Keim NL, Newman JW, Hunter GR, Fernández JR, Garvey WT, Harper ME, Hoppel CL, Meissen JK, Take K, Adams SH (2014) Improved metabolic health alters host metabolism in parallel with changes in systemic xeno-metabolites of gut origin. Plos One. 9(1): e84260. PMID: 24416208
  98. Kell KP, Cardel MI, Bohan Brown MM, Fernández JR (2014) Added sugars in the diet are positively associated with diastolic blood pressure and triglycerides in children. Am J Clin Nutr, PMID: 24717340
  99. Dulin-Keita A, Judd S E, Howard VJ, Carson AP, Ard JD, Fernández JR (2014) Associations of neighborhood area level deprivation with the metabolic syndrome and inflammation among middle- and older- age adults. BMC Public Health;14(1):1319.
  100. Duarte CW, Klimentidis YC, Harris JJ, Cardel M, Fernández JR (2015) Discovery of phenotypic networks from genotypic association studies with application to obesity. Int. J. data Mining and Bioinformatics: 12(2): 129 – 143.
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  104. Rocconi RP, Lankes HA, Brady WE, Goodfellow PJ, Ramirez NC, Alvarez RD, Creasman W, Fernández JR (2016). 2. The role of racial genetic admixture with endometrial cancer outcomes: An NRG Oncology/Gynecologic Oncology Group study. Gynecol Oncol, 140(2):264-9. PMID: 26603970 105. Fernández JR, Bohan Brown M, López-Alarcón M, Dawson JA, Guo F, Redden DT, Allison DB (2016). Changes in pediatric waist circumference percentiles despite reported pediatric weight stabilization in the United States. Pediatr Obes, doi: 10.1111/ijpo.12150. [Epub ahead of print]
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  114. López-Alarcón M, Inda-Icaza P, Márquez-Maldonado MC, Armenta-Álvarez A, Barbosa-Cortés L, Maldonado-Hernández J, Piña-Aguero M, Barradas-Vázquez A, Núñez-García BA, Rodríguez-Cruz M, Fernández JR (2019)  A randomized control trial of the impact of LCPUFA-ω3 supplementation on body weight and insulin resistance in pubertal children with obesity. Pediatr Obes. 14(5):e12499. doi: 10.1111/ijpo.12499. PMID: 30590877
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