Doctor of Philosophy
Genetics and Human Genetics
Maurice B. Fluitt, PhD is an Assistant Professor and GHUCCTs KL2 Scholar at the Howard University College of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism. He currently leads the Laboratory of Epigenetic and Metabolic Research (LEMR@HU). His research aims to elucidate the epigenetic events involved in developing type 2 diabetes and its microvascular complications. Specifically, his current work investigates the role of non-coding RNAs as early markers, mediators, and therapeutic interventions for type 2 diabetes mellitus and its renal complications.
Prior to joining the faculty at HUCM, Dr. Fluitt completed two competitive post-doctoral fellowships at Georgetown University as an NIH-TL1 post-doctoral fellowship through the Georgetown Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences and an American Diabetes Association Minority Fellow. He completed his doctoral studies in Genetics and Human Genetics at Howard University. His dissertation research focused on hunger hormones (i.e., ghrelin) in type 2 diabetic adolescents and the use of erythrocyte microRNAs as markers of type 2 diabetes in African Americans. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Allied Health from Chowan University (2009) (Murfreesboro, NC).