Diptasri Mandal, PhD, earned her doctorate in Human Genetics from the Department of Biometry and Genetics at the LSU Health Sciences Center in 1996. She joined the Department of Medicine in 1997, and in June 2000 moved to the Department of Genetics, where she is an Associate Professor. The primary focus of her research is genetic studies of complex human traits and diseases, especially cancer. Studies are underway to identify disease susceptible loci for hereditary prostate cancer and lung cancer using linkage and association analyses. She has ongoing collaborations in Puerto Rico to identify disease susceptible loci of endometriosis. Her research also includes methodological studies of genetic analysis of complex traits using computer simulations to evaluate the performance of various linkage methods under realistic situations.