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Shaoyong Su, BS, PhD

Associate Professor of  Medicine and Pediatrics 

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Dr. Su is a genetic epidemiologist with broad interest on the complex interplay of emotional and behavioral factors, such as major depression and psychological stress, with the development of cardiovascular disease, obesity and metabolic disorders.  Currently, I focus on genetic and epigenetic mechanisms underlying the neural-cardiac interaction. 

Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, 2009

Fu Wai Hospital & Cardiovascular Institute
Peking Union Medical College & Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, 2005
Genetic Epidemiology

Beijing Normal University, Beijing, 2005
Computer Science  

Identification of Common Genes Related to Depression and Inflammation

American Heart Association (National)
July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2014
Role: Principal Investigator

Epigenetics, a Potential Mechanism Linking Depression to Cardiovascular Disease

August 1, 2012 through July 31, 2015
Role: Principal Investigator

Epigenetic Response to Early Life Stress and the Impact on Cardiovascular Health

May 1, 2015 through April 30, 2019 
Role: Principal Investigator

PTSD and Ischemic Heart Disease Progression: A Longitudinal Twin Study

July 15, 2015 through April 30, 2019
Role: Subcontract Principal Investigator


AHA Postdoctoral Fellowship

Postdoctoral Research Symposium Best Poster Award, Emory University

Postdoctoral Merit Award, Emory University

Finalist for the Jeremiah and Rose Stamler Research Award for New Investigators, 49th Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention Annual Conference, American Heart Association


Outstanding Young Basic Science Faculty Award, Georgia Health Sciences University

Recipient of the Scott Grundy Award for Excellence in Metabolism Research, Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention / Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2013 Scientific Sessions, American Heart Association

Pub Med

Su S, Lampert R, Lee F, Bremner JD, Snieder H, Maisano C, Jones L, Murrah N, Goldberg J, Vaccarino V. Common genes contribute to depressive symptoms and heart rate variability: the Twins Heart Study. Twin Res Hum Genet. 2010 Feb;13(1):1-9.

Li Z, Snieder H, Su S, Harshfield GA, Treiber FA, Wang X. A longitudinal study of blood pressure variability in African-American and European American youth. J Hypertens. 2010 Apr;28(4):715-22.

Raggi P, Su S, Karohl C, Veledar E, Rojas-Campos E, Vaccarino V. Heritability of renal function and inflammatory markers in adult male twins. Am J Nephrol. 2010;32(4):317-23.

Karohl C, Su S, Kumari M, Tangpricha V, Veledar E, Vaccarino V, Raggi P. Heritability and seasonal variability of vitamin D concentrations in male twins. Am J Clin Nutr. 2010 Dec;92(6):1393-8.

Wang X, Zhu H, Snieder H, Su S, Munn D, Harshfield G, Maria B, Dong Y, Treiber F, Gutin B, Shi H. Obesity related methylation changes in DNA of peripheral blood leukocytes. BMC Med. 2010 Dec 21;8:87.

Shah AJ, Su S, Veledar E, Bremner JD, Goldstein FC, Lampert R, Goldberg J, Vaccarino V. Is heart rate variability related to memory performance in middle-aged men? Psychosom Med. 2011 Jul-Aug;73(6):475-82.

Su S, Votaw J, Faber T, Khan D, Bremner JD, Goldberg J, Nichols K, Tosh AV, Vaccarino V. Measurement of heritability of myocardial blood flow by positron emission tomography: the Twins Heart Study. Heart. 2012 Mar;98(6):495-9.

Wang X, Falkner B, Zhu H, Shi H, Su S, Xu X, Sharma AK, Dong Y, Treiber F, Gutin B, Harshfield G, Snieder H. A genome-wide methylation study on essential hypertension in young African-American males. PLoS One. 2013;8(1):e53938. PMCID: PMC3542324.

Xu X, Su S, Barnes V, Miguel CD, Pollock P, Ownby D, Shi H, Zhu H, Snieder H, Wang X. A genome-wide methylation study on obesity: differential variability and differential methylation. Epigenetics. 2013 May;8(5):522-33.

Ryu D, Xu H, George V, Su S, Wang X, Podolsky RH. Quantifying and Normalizing Methylation Levels in Illumina Arrays. J Biom Biostat. 2013;4:164.

Ding X, Su S, Nandakumar K, Wang X, Fardo DW. A Two-Step Penalized Regression Method for Family-based Next Generation Sequencing Association Studies. BMC Proc. 2014 Jun 17;8(Suppl 1):S25.

Su S, Zhu H, Xu X, Wang X, Dong Y, Kapuku G, Treiber F, Gutin B, Harshfield G, Snieder H, Wang X. DNA methylation of the LY86 gene is associated with obesity, insulin resistance and inflammation. Twin Res Hum Genet. 2014 Jun;17(3):183-91.

Su S, Wang X, Kapuku G, Treiber F, Pollock DM, Harshfield GA, McCall WV, Pollock JS. Adverse Childhood Experiences are Associated with Detrimental Hemodynamics and Elevated Circulating Endothelin-1 in Adolescents and Young Adults. Hypertension. 2014 Jul;64(1):201-7.

Wang X, Xu X, Su S, Snieder H. Familial Aggregation and Childhood Blood Pressure. Curr Hypertens Rep. 2015 Jan;17(1):509.

Xu X, Su S, Wang X, Barnes V, Miguel CD, Ownby D, Pollock J, Snieder H, Chen W, Wang X. Obesity is Associated with More Activated Neutrophils in African-American Youth. Int J Obes (Lond). Int J Obes (Lond). 2015 Jan;39(1):26-32.

Xu X, Su S, Treiber FA, Vlietinck R, Fagard R, Derom C, Gielen M, Loos RJ, Snieder H, Wang X. Specific Genetic Influences on Nighttime Blood Pressure. Am J Hypertens. 2015 Apr;28(4):440-3.

Su S, Wang X, Pollock JS, Treiber F, Xu X, Snieder H, McCall WV, Stefanek M, Harshfield GA. Adverse Childhood Experiences and Blood Pressure Trajectories from Childhood to Young Adulthood: The Georgia Stress and Heart Study. Circulation. 2015 May 12;131(19): 1674-81.

Lockwood LE, Su S, Youssef NA. The role of epigenetics in depression and suicide: A platform for gene–environment interactions. Psychiatry Research. 2015 Aug 30;228(3):235-42.

Su S, Jimenez MP, Roberts CTF, Loucks EB. The Role of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Cardiovascular Disease Risk: A Review with Emphasis on Plausible Mechanisms. Curr Cardiol Rep. 2015 Oct;17(10):88.


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