Associate Professor of Medicine

Associate Professor of Medicine

Professional Bio

Todd L. Edwards, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Epidemiology within the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Dr. Edwards’ research is focused on studying the heritable factors that modulate the risk of diseases, and developing statistical methods and software that make these investigations more efficient. To accomplish the goals of his laboratory, a combination of statistical techniques are applied to test hypotheses in large-scale genetic data from populations of persons at risk for several traits, such as obesity, hypertension, blood pressure, body mass index, colorectal cancer, colorectal polyps, and endometrial cancer.

Dr. Edwards’ laboratory works with genetic data from several populations, including African Americans, Chinese from Shanghai, and community-based studies in the Nashville area. Additionally, his laboratory employs high-performance computational resources at Vanderbilt to simulate genetic data from human populations in which to model disease genes and evaluate novel statistical techniques. His laboratory is developing procedures and statistical techniques for designing efficient next-generation sequencing experiments to follow up or augment discoveries from genome-wide association studies. Accomplishing these goals requires familiarity with epidemiologic study design, population genetics, and currently available technology. Members of the Edwards Lab have many opportunities to develop projects either studying complex genetic traits, developing statistical methods for current and future studies, or a combination of both. Their objectives are to make contributions to public health and basic science through the study of genetic epidemiology.


Fellowship - Eden R. Martin, Ph.D.
MS - Applied Statistics - Vanderbilt - 2008
PhD - Human Genetics - Vanderbilt - 2008