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William K. Scott, Ph.D.

General Information

William K. Scott, Ph.D.


  • English


  • Professor and Vice Chair for Education and Training, Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics, John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics
  • Professor, Public Heath Sciences

Research Interests

• Genetic epidemiology
• Movement disorders
• Infectious diseases
• Ophthalmologic diseases
• Healthy longevity and successful aging


William K. Scott, Ph.D. is Professor and Vice-Chair for Education & Training in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics, and Professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.  He is also a core faculty member of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics.  Dr. Scott¹s research focuses on the identification of gene and environment interactions that influence risk of complex diseases.  A member of the University of Miami Udall Parkinson Disease (PD) Research Center, he currently leads a study examining interactions between Vitamin D concentrations, genetic variations, and risk of PD.  Dr. Scott is also one of four principal investigators in a multi-center study examining genetic influences on the progression of symptoms and response to treatment in age-related macular degeneration. Other research examines genetic factors underlying healthy longevity (or “successful aging”) in the Amish, primary open-angle glaucoma, genetic susceptibility to tuberculosis, Kaposi sarcoma, HIV infection, and staphylococcal and fungal sepsis.  He is the program director for the Interdepartmental PhD program in Human Genetics and Genomics, the NEI-funded Ocular Computational Genomics Training Program, and the Master of Science in Genomic Medicine program.  Dr. Scott is a consulting editor of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, serves as a member of the Scientific Review Committee for the Parkinson Study Group, and is a past standing member of the NIH NAME study section and the College of CSR reviewers.