Bert B. Boyer, PhD
Research interests: interaction between genetic and environmental risk and protective factors for obesity and diabetes in Yup'ik Eskimos.
Director, Center for Alaska Native Health Research
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Affiliate Professor, Department of Bioethics & Humanities
The major objective of my research program is to understand the interaction between genetic and environmental risk and protective factors for obesity and diabetes in Yup'ik Eskimos. Identification of gene-environment interactions that influence energy balance should lead to a better understanding of the pathophysiological mechanisms contributing to body fat development and is also an important aspect of public health intervention. Our studies are designed and implemented within a community-based participatory research framework that involves extensive interactions with community leaders and health corporation representatives.