Eric Boerwinkle, PhD

Eric Boerwinkle is dean and M. David Low Chair of Public Health at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. He joined the UTHealth faculty in 1986 and served as chair of the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Health at UTHealth School of Public Health from 2003-2015. He has also directed the Human Genetics Center at the School of Public Health and the Brown Foundation Institute for Molecular Medicine (IMM) for the Prevention of Human Diseases, which are a part of UTHealth. Show full bio

Author of more than 800 scientific papers, Boerwinkle has led groundbreaking research on the connection between genes and health. He and his colleagues completed the world’s first genome-wide analyses for a variety of cardiovascular disease risk factors, including hypertension and diabetes. These investigations have been a critical step in developing drugs that lower disease risk. Boerwinkle has served on several national research panels, including the Advisory Council for the National Human Genome Research Institute and the Board of External Advisors for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health.  Dr. Boerwinkle’s CV.

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Texas Heart Institute Positions


  • Human genetics
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetic analysis


  • Undergraduate:

    University of Cincinnati, B.S. in Biology

  • Postgraduate:

    University of Michigan, M.A. in Statistics
    University of Michigan, M.S. in Human Genetics
    University of Michigan, Ph.D. in Human Genetics

Honors, Awards and Memberships

  • UTHealth Executive Budget Council Council
  • UTHealth Executive Council
  • UTHealth Leadership Council
  • Kozmetsky Family Chair in Human Genetics, UTHealth School of Public Health
  • Editor, Annals of Epidemiology
  • M. David Low Chair in Public Health, UTHealth School of Public Health
  • Board of External Advisors for National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (2004-present)
  • Scientific Advisory Panel for Radiation Effects Research Foundation (1998-present)
  • Special Emphasis Panel for National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Multiple panels as member and chair ( 1994-present)
  • The University of Texas System Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award in Health (2016)
  • IT Infrastructure & HPC Best Practices, Bio-IT World (2014)
  • Article of the Year, American Journal of Epidemiology (2013)
  • Cozzarelli Prize, National Academy of Science (2009)
  • Ancel Keys Lecture and Award, American Heart Association (2005)
  • President’s Scholar Award, UTHealth (2003)
  • MERIT Award, National Institutes of Health (1999-2010)
  • Established Investigatorship, American Heart Association (1991-1996)
  • Research Career Development Award, National Institute of Health (1991-1996)
  • Visiting Professorship at the University of Nancy, France (1989-1990)
  • Ciba Foundation Bursary Award (1986-1987)
  • Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship (1984)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, University of Cincinnati, Ohio (1979)