Amarise Little

Amarise Little
she, her, hers
UW Box Number
Box 357232

Magnuson Health Sciences Center - F Wing
1959 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195-7232
United States


I'm a PhD student, NSF recipient and ARCS Fellow in the Department of Biostatistics. I received my BS in Applied and Computational Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 2016. My current research assistantship is under Dr. Timothy Thornton and principal investigator Dr. Alex Reiner. The goal is to identify SNPs causing differences in biomarkers that may be involved in the underpinnings of cardiovascular disease for African-Americans. African-Americans have a much higher incidence of cardiovascular disease than European Americans, and elucidating the pathways is of interest. One of the biomarkers explored is telomere length. Telomeres, what we’ve thought to be protective against mortality, are longer in the African-American population, though we unexpectedly see shorter life span in this population. Using mixed models, accounting for relatedness and population structure, we attempt to identify the SNPs associated with these biomarkers potentially involved in the cardiovascular disease.

I was born and raised in Orlando, FL, so I'm a life-long lover of the sun and outdoors. In my spare time, I enjoy playing volleyball, crocheting, visiting beaches, and cooking.