Population, Neurodevelopment and Genetics program

Erin Ware

Erin WareResearch Assistant Professor

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3320 ISR
426 Thompson St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104




Dr. Ware has a doctoral degree in epidemiology with a focus on genetic epidemiology and master’s degrees in statistics and epidemiology. Her work integrates genomic and social data on a large scale to evaluate health disparities and minority health in older adults. Her work includes high throughput statistical analysis of genomic data and its relationship to outcomes that show marked disparities across ages, ethnic groups and sexes, including Alzheimer’s disease and mental health. She has experience in exploring the relationships among genomic, transcriptomic, and epigenetic data and their interactions with behavioral and socioeconomic risk factors as determinants of chronic disease phenotypes that disproportionately affect minorities using cutting-edge computational methods. She co-runs an interdisciplinary research lab composed of other faculty, post-docs, doctoral students, master’s students, staff, and undergraduate students. She is a faculty affiliate of the Michigan Center for Demography and Aging, the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, and the Population Dynamics and Health Program. She was an NIH-NIA Butler-William’s scholar (2017 cohort) and she teaches the hands-on lab component of the Genomics for Social Scientists workshop offered annually through PNG.



  • Higgins Tejera C, Ware EB, Kobayashi LC, et al. Decomposing interaction and mediating effects of race/ethnicity and circulating blood levels of cystatin C on cognitive status in the United States health and retirement study. Front Hum Neurosci. 2023;17:1052435. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2023.1052435
  • Reiner A, Bakulski KM, Fisher JD,…Ware EB. Sex-specific DNA methylation in saliva from the multi-ethnic Future of Families and Child Wellbeing Study. Epigenetics. 2023;18(1):2222244. doi:10.1080/15592294.2023.2222244
  • Razmi SE, Entezami P, Asarkar AA, Ware EB, Hayden RE, Chang BA. Systematic review of the free thoracodorsal artery perforator flap for head and neck reconstruction. Am J Otolaryngol. doi:10.1016/j.amjoto.2023.104154
  • de Las Fuentes L, Schwander KL, Brown MR,…Ware EB, et al. Gene-educational attainment interactions in a multi-population genome-wide meta-analysis identify novel lipid loci. Front Genet. 2023;14:1235337. doi:10.3389/fgene.2023.1235337
  • Birditt KS, Turkelson A, Polenick CA,…Ware EB, et al. Alcohol use and mortality among older couples in the United States: evidence of individual and partner effects. Gerontologist. 2024;64(2):gnad101. doi:10.1093/geront/gnad101
  • Entezami P, Tritter A, Shaha M, Ware EB, Chang B. A systematic review and meta-analysis on the outcomes of type I thyroplasty in the irradiated neck. Am J Otolaryngol. 2023;44(2):103769. doi:10.1016/j.amjoto.2022.103769
  • Docherty AR, Mullins N, Ashley-Koch AE,…Ware EB, et al. GWAS meta-analysis of suicide attempt: identification of 12 genome-wide significant loci and implication of genetic risks for specific health factors. Am J Psychiatry. 2023;180(10):723-738. doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.21121266
  • Zhang X, Ammous F, Lin L,…Ware EB, et al. The interplay of epigenetic, genetic, and traditional risk factors on blood pressure: findings from the Health and Retirement Study. Genes (Basel). 2022;13(11):1959. doi:10.3390/genes13111959
  • Mullins N, Kang J, Campos AI,…Ware EB, et al. Dissecting the shared genetic architecture of suicide attempt, psychiatric disorders, and known risk factors. Biol Psychiatry. 2022;91(3):313-327. doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2021.05.029
  • Middleton LYM, Dou J, Fisher J, Ware EB, et al. Saliva cell type DNA methylation reference panel for epidemiological studies in children. Epigenetics. 2022;17(2):161-177. doi:10.1080/15592294.2021.1890874