Lisa J. Martin, PhD

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone: 513-636-1244

Fax: 513-636-7509


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Statistical genetics; allergic conditions; pediatric heart conditions; obesity


As a statistical geneticist, Dr. Martin’s goal is to advance knowledge of underlying disease processes by improving our understanding of genetic variation in human populations through the integration of statistical genetics with biology and epidemiology. Since joining Cincinnati Children’s in 2002, Dr. Martin has become a leader in quantitative genetics through independent and collaborative research, leadership, and teaching/mentoring. Her independent research focuses on development of novel statistical methods and the evaluation of methods for next generation data. 

Recently, Dr. Martin published a novel statistical method (Variant Impact On Linkage Effect Test; VIOLET), which overcomes a methodological barrier to gene discovery.   Her collaborative research focuses on allergic conditions (asthma, eosinophilic esophagitis), pediatric heart conditions, and obesity.  In addition, Dr. Martin assists researchers with an interest in incorporating genetics into their research.   At the end of 2013, Dr. Martin had published 116 peer-reviewed publications (journals include Nature Genetics, PNAS, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism) and 2 book chapters.

She has a strong commitment to teaching and mentorship. Beyond teaching, she has mentored over 30 individuals. Additionally, Dr. Martin is the co-director of the Cincinnati Genomic Control Cohort, an institutional resource of 1,020 population representative children with phenotypic and genetic information.  Under Dr. Martin’s leadership, utilization of this cohort has increased. 

In summary, Dr. Martin’s work has resulted in the development of an exciting research program as well as fruitful collaborations while balancing mentoring and service.  She expects that this research will enable the translation of genetic findings to clinical utility through the development of innovative methods and greater capacity to perform complex genetic analyses particularly given the rapid evolution of technologies.

Education and Training

PhD: (with Honors) University of Kansas, Lawrence KS, 1999

Post-doctoral fellow: Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, San Antonio TX, 2002


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