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The Center conducts cutting-edge research in laboratories throughout the UCLA campus. The Program on Genomics and Nutrition conducts interdisciplinary research that critically and systematically evaluates the significance of genetic and dietary variations as determinants for metabolic diseases in human populations. Extensive genetic research, combining large scale gene expression, and observation of genetic variation in experimental populations allows identification of causal relationships between genes and phenotypes, and the development of models to study the complex interactions involved in metabolic disease pathogenesis. Such interdisciplinary use of genetics and population studies are used to study metabolic and vascular diseases to improve public health through research.