Anne E. Kwitek, PhD

Anne E. Kwitek, PhD

Professor, Physiology & Medicine


  • Physiology

Contact Information


BS, Biology and Chemistry, University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point
PhD, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Genetics, University of Iowa


Dr. Kwitek is a professor in Physiology and Medicine. Before being recruited to MCW in 2019, she was a faculty member of the Pharmacology Department and the Associate Director of the Iowa Institute of Human Genetics at the University of Iowa. Dr Kwitek has 103 papers, reviews, and chapters with over 8000 citations and has been funded by the NIH, VA, USDA, and the American Heart Association. Dr Kwitek has also been an active teacher and mentor. She directly mentored over 30 students ranging from high school level through postdoctoral fellows, most of whom are pursuing careers in academic research or health care professions. Dr Kwitek is a fellow of the American Heart Association (AHA), has served on numerous committees in the AHA and the American Physiological Society and has served on national and international advisory boards involving human and rat genomic resources. She has participated in several NIH study sections as an ad hoc member and is currently a regular member of the NHLBI PPG Parent Committee (HLBP).

Research Areas of Interest

  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Computational Biology
  • Database Management Systems
  • Databases, Genetic
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Gene Expression Regulation
  • Genetic Linkage
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease
  • Genetic Variation
  • Genome, Human
  • Genomics
  • Hypertension

Research Interests

Dr. Kwitek’s major research focus involves understanding the genetic susceptibility to complex human diseases, with a focus on obesity, hypertension, and cardiometabolic disease. The approach involves integrating genetics, genomics, and other ‘omics’ approaches to identify genes and mechanisms leading to complex disease using rat models and human populations. Her studies also involve how genomic variation affects and is affected by environmental stimuli to influence susceptibility to cardiometabolic disease.