Vincent P. Diego Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Research

South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute

School of Medicine

Office: Brownsville Campus, BROBL, Room 118
1 West University Blvd
Brownsville, TX.  78520
Phone: +1 (956)-882-7520


2005 Ph.D. Anthropology, Human Statistical Genetics, State University of New York at Binghamton

2001 M.A. Anthropology, Human Population Biology, State University of New York at Binghamton

Research Focus

Dr. Diego’s research has been in two general areas: 1) aging in humans and 2) gene-environment interaction (GEI) analysis and theoretical development. Dr. Diego performs research on biological aging in participants of the San Antonio Family Heart Study and is currently developing approaches to study the role of entropy computed over DNA sequences and gene networks in aging and senescence. Dr. Diego also developed novel methods for the analysis of GEI in relation to multivariate environments. Using these methods to analyze data from a large study of risk for obesity in children, Dr. Diego found significant GEI in relation to dietary multivariate environments. Dr. Diego continues to work on the theoretical development of a novel approach to modeling GEI for gene networks.

Recent Publications

Book Chapters

  • Diego VP, Kent JW, Blangero J, Familial studies: Genetic inferences. In: International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (Second Edition), edited by JD Wright. Elsevier, Oxford, 2015, Pages 715-724, ISBN 9780080970875,

Journal Articles

  • Diego VP, de Chaves RN, Blangero J, de Souza MC, Santos D, Gomes TN, dos Santos FK, Garganta R, Katzmarzyk PT, Maia JA. Sex-specific genetic effects in physical activity: Results from a quantitative genetic analysis. BMC Med Genet. 2015 Aug 1;16:58. doi: 10.1186/s12881-015-0207-9. PubMed PMID: 26231751; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4557754.

Collaborating Institutions

  • University of Porto, Portugal