• Dr. McDonald is the Director of Integrative 'Omics and an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the UAB Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine. She is a genetic epidemiologist with interests in the analysis of complex traits and diseases including COPD, cachexia, sarcopenia, osteoarthritis and smoking behaviors such as menthol. Her lab is involved with some of the most cutting-edge studies including the Million Veterans Program (MVP) and the Trans-Omics for Precision Medicine (TOPMed) Initiative. For more information see (https://sites.uab.edu/mcdonaldlab/). To browse education and job opportunities see (https://sites.uab.edu/mcdonaldlab/join-our-team/).
  • Research Overview

  • Dr. McDonald’s research is focused on Network Medicine Approaches to Cachexia in COPD. Her research program is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health (K99/R00) and the Parker B. Francis Foundation. Dr. McDonald is an active member of the American Thoracic Society, the American Society of Human Genetics and the Society on Sarcopenia, Cachexia and Wasting Disorders. For more information see (https://sites.uab.edu/mcdonaldlab/). To browse education and job opportunities see (https://sites.uab.edu/mcdonaldlab/join-our-team/).
  • Teaching Overview

  • Dr. McDonald is passionate about teaching and training. The use of genomics to help us understand human disease is a fascinating topic. She is currently accepting applications from students and post-docs.
  • Education And Training

  • Baylor College of Medicine, Other
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital Channing Division of Network Medicine, Postdoctoral Research
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Biophysics, Baylor College of Medicine 2011
  • Master of Science in Epidemiology, University of Saskatchewan 2006
  • Bachelor of Science or Mathematics in Biochemistry, University of Waterloo 2001
  • Full Name

  • Merry-Lynn McDonald