Brad Towne


Bradford Towne, Ph.D.

Professor, Community Health and Pediatrics

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Major Research Interests

  • The genetics of human growth and development
  • The genetics of cardiovascular disease risks
  • The progression of metabolic syndrome risks over the lifespan


University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, B.A., 1976, Psychology/Anthropology

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, M.A., 1982, Physical Anthropology

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, Ph.D., 1987, Physical Anthropology

Washington U., St. Louis, MO, Postdoctoral, 1988-89, Genetic Epidemiology

S.W. Foundation, San Antonio, TX, Postdoctoral, 1989-91, Genetic Epidemiology

Professional Positions

1986–1988: Visiting Assistant Professor, Idaho State University, Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work

1991–1997: Assistant Professor, WSU School of Medicine, Community Health

1997–2003: Associate Professor, WSU School of Medicine, Community Health

2003–present: Professor, WSU School of Medicine, Community Health

Academic Honors

1984 University of Utah, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Grants Awarded

1984 NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant BNS 8400998 ($5,000): Morphometric Microdifferentiation in a Subdivided Isolate Population: The Habbani Yemeni Jews.

1992 American Heart Association, Ohio Affiliate, Young Investigator Award ($100,000): Genetic Analysis of Body Composition, Lipoprotein, and Associated Phenotypes.

1995 NIH FIRST Award R29HD31621 ($350,000): Genetics of Adipose Tissue Deposition During Childhood.

1997 Wright State University School of Medicine Seed Grant ($7,500): Variation in the Growth and Body Composition of Nepalese Children with Helminthic Infection.

1999 NIH R01HD36342 ($2,386,256): Genetic Epidemiology of Childhood Skeletal Maturation.

2000 NIH R01AG 18719 ($1,096,347) Genetic Epidemiology of Aging and Body Composition.

2002 NIH R01HD40377 ($1,737,117) Genetic and Environmental Influences on Childhood Growth.

2003 NIH R01DK064391 ($2,770,123) Genetic Regulation of Adiposity and Associated CVD Risks.