Jim Pankow, PhD, MPH

Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Jim Pankow

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-624-2883

Office Address:
300 West Bank Office Building

Mailing Address:
1300 S 2nd St
Room 300 West Bank Office Building
Minneapolis, MN 55454

PhD, Epidemiology, University of Minnesota

MPH, Epidemiology, University of Minnesota

BS, Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame


I am an epidemiologist whose long-term research goal is to identify and characterize risk factors for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic conditions of aging. During my career I have helped assemble large genetic epidemiologic cohorts of cardiovascular disease, investigated genetic determinants of proteins involved in inflammation, hemostasis, and cellular adhesion, researched novel risk factors for type 2 diabetes, including genetic and epigenetic determinants, and evaluated new methods and approaches in statistical genetics in collaboration with faculty in biostatistics.


Aging, chronic diseases, genetics, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, biomarkers, epigenetics 

Professional Associations

  • American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology and Prevention
  • Society for Epidemiologic Reseach


Research Funding Grants

  • 2016–2020, "Epigenetics of Successful Aging," Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2020, "Diabetes and Prediabetes in Older Adults in ARIC," Principal Investigator
  • 2014–2019, "Familial and Birth Cohort Effects on the Aging Senses," Principal Investigator
  • 2013–2017, "Genetic Epidemiology of Causal Variants Across the Life Course Phase II," Principal Investigator
  • 2017–2020, "Epidemiology of Venous Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism (LITE)," Co-Investigator
  • 2016–2022, NIH NHLBI, "Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study," Co-Investigator
  • 2015–2020, "Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA)," Co-Investigator
  • 2014–2019, NIH NHLBI, "Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention," Co-Investigator




  • PubH 6342, Epidemiologic Methods II
  • PubH 6350, Epidemiologic Methods III Laboratory


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