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Georgia M. Dunston, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Microbiology
Founding Director, National Human Genome Center
and Director Molecular Genetics, NHGC
Howard University
Washington, DC


1965   B.S. Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA, Biology
1967    M.S. Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL Biology
1972    Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
1975    Postdoctoral National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD Tumor Immunology 


1972-1978  Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, Howard University, College of Medicine
1976    Member, Graduate Faculty, Howard University
1976-1991   Assistant Professor, Department of Oncology, Howard University College of Medicine
1978-1993   Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, Howard University College of Medicine
1978     Associate Professor, Department of Genetics and Human Genetics Howard University
1993     Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology, Howard University College of Medicine
1993     Professor, Department of Microbiology, Howard University College of Medicine
1994     Interim Chair, Department of Microbiology, Howard University College of Medicine
1998     Chair, Department of Microbiology, Howard University College of Medicine  

Research and Professional Experience 

1972 - 1973  Consultant, Job Corps Sickle Cell Anemia Program, Department of Labor, Manpower Administration
1975 - 1976  Postdoctoral Advisor: Ronald B. Herberman, M.D., National Cancer Institute, NIH Laboratory of Immunodiagnostics, Project : In vitro correlates of cell-mediated immunity.
1975-1979  Member, National Advisory Council, NIEHS, NIH
1979-1983  Member, Genetic Basis of Disease Review Committee, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, NIH
1985    Director, Human Immunogenetics Laboratory, Howard University College of Medicine
1990    Chairman, Washington Regional Transplant Consortium Histocompatibility Committee
1991-1994  Associate Director, Division of Basic Sciences Howard University Cancer Center
1991-1996  Research Committee, National Kidney Foundation of the National Capital Area, Inc.
1993    Organizer and Moderator of Genomic Diversity and Immunogeneics Program for the Third Samuel L. Kountz Symposium on Renal Disease and Transplantation in Blacks. Crystal City, VA North American Committee of the Human Genome Diversity Project
1993 -   North American Committee of the Human Genome Diversity Project 
1993-1996  American Board of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics and Continuing Commitment to Improving Health in the Black Community, Presented by Delaware Valley Transplant Consortium, Philadelphia, PA
1995-1996  Chairman, Howard University Provost Search Advisory Committee
1994-1995  President, Howard University Chapter of Sigma XI, Research Society of North America
1996-1997  National Academy of Sciences Review Committee on Human Genome Diversity Project
1997-     Diplomate, American Board Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics
1998-    Acting Director, National Human Genome Center at Howard University
2000- Member, External Advisory Committee, F.I.N.D. Study, NIDDK, NIH.

Honors and Awards 

1978   Excellence in Teaching Award, Howard University College of Medicine Student Council
1986    Invited Speaker, Eminent Scholars Program, Department of Biology, Norfolk State University
1989   Recipient of Award for Outstanding Achievement in Immunogenetics and Continuing
Commitment to Improving Health in the Black Community, Presented by Delaware Valley Transplant Consortium, Philadelphia, PA
1990   Recipient of the NAACP Science Achievement Award, Montgomery County Chapter
1990   Recipient, Howard University College of Medicine, Outstanding Research Award
1990   Research featured in USA Weekend Columbus Day article on “The New Discover,” Oct 12th.
1993   Research featured in National Center for Research Resources RE PORTER Article on “Immunogenetic Studies of African Americans”, January/February
1994   Research featured in News and Comments, Science 266:721
1995-1996  Fellowship Recipient, Visiting Investigator Program, National Cancer for Human Genome Research, NIH
1998   Outstanding Graduate Faculty Member, HU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 

Selected Publications  

Rotimi, C; Dunston GM; Berg K; Akinsete O; Amoah, A; Owusu S; Acheampong J; Boateng K; Oli J; Okafor G; Osotimehin B; (2000) In Search of Susceptibility Genes for Type 2 Diabetes in West Africa: The Design and Results of the First Phase of the AADM Study. Annals of Epidemiology. (In Press) 

Royal C; Baffoe-Bonnie A; Kittles R; Powell I; Bennett J; Hoke G; Pettaway C; Weinrich S; Vijayakumar S; Ahaghotu C; Mason T; Johnson E; Obeikwe M; Simpson C; Mejia R; Boykin, W; Roberson P; Faison-Smith L; Meegan C; Foster N; Furbert-Harris P; Carpten J; Bailey-Wilson J; Trent J; Berg K; Dunston GM; Collins F. (2000) Recruitment Experience in the First Phase of the African American Hereditary Prostate Cancer (AAHPC) Study. Annals of Epidemiology,  

Berka N; Bland GN; Gause DP; Harris PF; Erabhaoui LH; Bonar AS; Okeapu D; and Dunston GM. (2000) Early Age of Disease Onset in African American Type 1 Diabetes Patients Is Associated with DQB1*0201 Allele, Human Immunology 6(8):816-9. 

Mefford HC; Baumbach L; Panguluri RCK; Whitfield-Broome C; Szabo C; Smith S; King M-C; Dunston GM; Stoppa Lyonnet D, Arena F (1999) Evidence for a BRCA1 Founder Mutation in Families of West African Ancestry Am J Hum Genet 65(2):575-8. 

Panguluri RCK; Brody LC; Modali R; Utley K; Adams-Campbell L; Day AA; Whitfield-Broome C; Dunston GM. (1999) BRCA1 Mutations in African Americans. Human Genetics. 105(1-2):28-31. 

Hill AVS; Sanchez-Mazas A, Barbujani G; Dunston GM, Excoffier L; Hancock J; Klein J; Meyer UA; Motulsky AG; Presciuttini S; Wishart WL and Langaney A (1999) Human genetic variation and its impact on public health and medicine. In Evolution in Health & Disease (ed) Stearns SC, Oxford University Press, Inc, New York, NY. 

Hizawa N; Freidhoff LR; Ehrlich E; Chiu YF; Duffy DL; Schou C; Dunston GM; Beaty TH; Marsh DG; Barnes KC;Huang SK. (1998) Genetic influences of chromosomes 5q31-q33 and 11q13 on specific IgE responsiveness to common inhaled allergens among African American families. Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Asthma (CSGA). J Allergy Clin Immunol 102(3):449-53. 

Hizawa N; Freidhoff LR; Chiu YF; Ehrlich E; Luehr CA; Anderson JL; Duffy DL; Dunston GM; Weber JL; Huang SK; Barnes KC; Marsh DG; Beaty TH. (1998) Genetic regulation of Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus-specific IgE responsiveness: a genome-wide multipoint linkage analysis in families recruited through 2 asthmatic sibs. Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Asthma (CSGA). J Allergy Clin Immunol 102(3):436-42. 

Agurs-Collins T; Kim KS; Dunston GM; and Adams-Campbell LL. (1998). Plasma lipid alterations in African American women with breast cancer. J Cancer Res Clin Oncol 124:186-190.

Baskar PV; Collins GD; Dorsey-Cooper BA; Pyle RS; Nagel JE; Dwyer D; Dunston G; Johnson E; Kendig N; Israel E; Nalin DR; Adler WH (1998) Serum antibodies to HIV-1 are produced post-measles virus infection: evidence for cross-reactivity with HLA. Clin Exp Immunol 111 (2):251-6. 

Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Asthma (CSGA) (1997) A Genome-wide search for asthma susceptibility loci in ethnically diverse populations. Nature Genetics 15:389-392.

Dunston GM. (1997) G-RAP: A Model HBCU Genomic Research and Training Program in Plain Talk about the Human Genome Project (ed) Smith E and Sapp W. Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL, pp 105-110. 

Bonney GE, Slater E, O'Connell P, Demenais F, Adams-Campbell L, and GM Dunston (1997) Statistics in the Genetic Epidemiology of Breast Cancer Among African American Women. American Statistical Assoc. Proceedings of the Epidemiology Section, pp 28-32. 

Adams-Campbell LL, Kim KS, Dunston GM, Laing AE, Bonney G and F Demenais (1996). The Relationship of Body Mass Index to Reproductive Factors in Pre- and Postmenopausal African-American Women With and Without Breast Cancer Obesity Res 4 (5):451-456. 

Ofosu MH, Dunston GM, Henry L, Ware D, Cheatham W, Brembridge A, Brown C and Alarif L. (1996) HLA-DQ-3 Is Associated with Graves Disease in African-Americans. Immunol Invest: 25 (1&2), 103-110. 

Berka N, Dunston GM, Freedman BI, Gause D, Mcintoch G, Alim A. (1995) "Absence of HLA- DR3,DQ Polymorphism in African American Patients with End Stage Renal Disease." Human Immunol 44(1):79. 

Freedman BI, Spray J, Dunston GM and Heise ER. (1994) HLA Associations in End-Stage Renal Disease Due to Membranous Glomerulonephritis: HLA-DR3 associations with Progressive Renal Injury. Am J Kidney Diseases 23(6):797-802.

Pottern LM, Gart JJ, Nam, J, Dunston GM, Wilson J, Greenberg R, Schoenberg J, Swanson GM, Liff J, Schwartz AG, Fraumeni JF, Jr. and Hoover RN. (1992) HLA and Multiple Myeloma Among Black and White Men: Evidence of a Genetic Association. Cancer Epid Biomarkers and Prevention 1:177-182. 

Dunston GM, Bland G, Furbert-Harris P, Parish-Gause D, Berka N, and Glasgow A. (1992) Unique DRB1*0302, DQB1*0402 Haplotype in African-Americans Is Associated with Resistance to Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus. Human Immunol 34(1):36. 

Callender C, Hall L, Yeager C, Barber J, Dunston G, and Pinn-Wiggins V. (1991) Organ Donation in Blacks: The Next Frontier New Eng J Med 325 (6):442:444. 

Mohla S, White S, Grzegorzewski K, Nielsen D, Dunston G, Dickson L, Asseffa A and Olden K. (1990) Inhibition of Growth of Subcutaneous Xenografts and Metastasis of Human Breast Carcinoma by Swainsonine: Modulation of tumor Cell HLA class I Antigens and Host Immune Effector Mechanisms. Anticancer Res 10(1):1515-1522. 

Dunston GM, and Halder RB.(1990) Vitiligo Is Associated with DR4 in American Blacks. Arch Derm 126:56-60. 

Bonney GE, Dunston GM and J Wilson. (1989). The Use of Regressive Logistic Models for Ordered and Unordered Polychotomous Traits: Application to Affective Disorders. Genetics Epidemiology 6:211-215. 

Dunston GM, Henry WL, Christian J, Ofosu M and CO Callender. (1989). HLA-DR3-DQ Heterogeneity in American Blacks Is Associated with Susceptibility and Resistance to Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus. Tran Proc 21(1):653-655. 

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