Stephanie Santorico and students publish on vitiligo onset

Published: Aug. 13, 2019

New journal articles by Mathematical and Statistical Sciences Professor Stephanie Santorico and colleagues indicate that both genetic and environmental factors play significant roles in the onset of vitiligo, an autoimmune disease that results in the loss of color in blotches of skin. The findings also show that while the tools for scientific understanding of the genetic basis of a complex disease like vitiligo have advanced, there are still many other as-yet unidentified factors that contribute to vitiligo’s onset. The American Journal of Human Genetics article was co-published with her students Daniel Yorgov (PhD, Summer 2016) and Subrata Paul (PhD expected Fall 2019) in addition to colleagues from the School of Medicine.