Talat Islam, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Research Preventive Medicine
Dr. Islam has developed a line of research involving the effect of sun exposure and vitamin D on immune mediated conditions. He leads the USC research team as part of a multi-center study of integrative genomic research of asthma. The objective of the study is to consolidate genetic, epigenetic and gene expression data to better understand the genetic risk factors and pathways involved in asthma onset and exacerbation.
Dr. Islam also conducts research focused on the effect of polymorphisms in oxidative stress genes on asthma incidence and lung function in children and their interaction with air pollution and tobacco smoke exposures; the effect of air pollution on IMT in healthy young adults and children; and identifying environmental risk factors of multiple sclerosis.