Tasha E. Fingerlin, PhD

Tasha E. Fingerlin
Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical Research
Director, Center for Genes, Environment and Health
Director, Program in Quantitative Genetics
Tasha E. Fingerlin, PhD, is a researcher at National Jewish Health. Dr. Fingerlin is in the Department of Biomedical Research.

Research AreasResearch Areas
  • Chronic Beryllium Disease
  • Diabetes, Type-1
  • Diabetes, Type-2
  • Genetic Epidemiology
  • Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Statistical Methods
Related Clinical TrialsRelated Clinical Trials

Special Interests

Statistical Genetics, Genetic Epidemiology, Applied Statistics and Grant Writing.


University of Michigan, PhD, Epidemiology
University of Michigan, MS, Biostatistics
Concordia College, Seward, Nebraska, BS, Secondary Education (Mathematics and Biology)

Awards & Recognition

2014: Colorado School of Public Health Excellence in Research Award
2014: Chancellor’s Teaching Recognition Award
2013-2014: Leadership in Innovative Team Science Participant, Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
2013: Alpha-Omega Public Health Honorary Society Inductee
2011: Colorado School of Public Health Student Mentoring Award
2009: Young Alumna of the Year, Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska
1999-2002: National Institutes of Health Genome Science Pre-Doctoral Traineeship
1997: Outstanding Student Teacher Award, Concordia College, Seward, Nebraska
1993-1997: Board of Regents Full Tuition Scholarship, Concordia College, Seward, Nebraska

Professional Memberships

2014-Present: Western North American Region of the International Biometric Society
2013-Present: American Thoracic Society
2010-2012: American Diabetes Association
1999-Present: American Society of Human Genetics


Cogan JD1, Kropski JA, Zhao M, Mitchell DB, Rives L, Markin C, Garnett ET, Montgomery KH, Mason WR, McKean DF, Powers J, Murphy E, Olson LM, Choi L, Cheng DS, Blue EM, Young LR, Lancaster LH, Steele MP, Brown KK, Schwarz MI, Fingerlin TE, Schwartz DA, Lawson WE, Loyd JE, Zhao Z, Phillips Iii JA, Blackwell TS; University of Washington Center for Mendelian Genomics. (2015) Rare Variants in RTEL1 are Associated with Familial Interstitial Pneumonia. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. In Press

Palmer ND, Goodarzi MO, Langefeld CD, Wang N, Guo X, Taylor KD, Fingerlin TE, Norris JM, Buchanan TA, Xiang AH, Haritunians T, Ziegler JT, Williams AH, Stefansovski D, Cui J, Mackay AW, Henkin LF, Bergman RN, Gao X, Gauderman J, Varma R, Hanis CL, Cox NJ, Highland HM, Below JE, Williams AL, Burtt NP, Aguilar-Salinas CA, Huerta-Chagoya A, Gonzalez-Villalpando C, Orozco L, Haiman CA, Tsai MY, Johnson WC, Yao J, Rasmussen-Torvik L, Pankow J, Snively B, Jackson RD, Liu S, Nadler JL, Kandeel F, Chen YI, Bowden DW, Rich SS, Raffel LJ, Rotter JI, Watanabe RM, Wagenknecht LE. (2015) Genetic Variants Associated with Quantitative Glucose Homeostasis Traits Translate to Type 2 Diabetes in Mexican Americans: The GUARDIAN (Genetics Underlying Diabetes in Hispanics) Consortium. Diabetes In Press.

Chung JH, Chawla A, Peljto AL, Cool C, Groshong SD, Talbert JL, McKean D, Brown KK, Fingerlin TE, Schwarz MI, Schwartz DA, Lynch DA. (2014) CT findings of probable UIP have a high predictive value for histologic UIP. Chest. In Press

Harrod CS, Fingerlin TE, Chasan-Taber L, Reynolds RM, Glueck DH, Dabelea D. (2014). Exposure to Prenatal Smoking and Early-life Body Composition: The Healthy Start Study. Obesity. 23:234-241.

Peljto AL, Selman M, Kim DS, Murphy E, Tucker L, Pardo A, Lee SL, Ji W, Schwarz MI, Yang IV, Schwartz DA, Fingerlin TE. (2014) The MUC5B promoter polymorphism is associated with IPF in a Mexican cohort but is rare among Asian ancestries. Chest. In Press.

Academic Affiliations

Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Informatics, Colorado School of Public Health

Teaching & Professional Positions

2012-2014: Program Director, PhD and MS Programs in Epidemiology
2007-2008: Co-Chair, Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) Program Development Committee

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