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Christine E McLaren
Christine E McLaren

Christine E. McLaren
University of California
Tel: 949-824-4007
Fax: 949-824-1343
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Dr. Christine E. McLaren is currently employed as Professor in Department of Epidemiology in School of Medicine at University of California.

Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, Epidemiology
Scientific Member, Genetic Epidemiology Research Institute
Director of Biostatistics, Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University, Biostatistics
M.S., Case Western Reserve University, Mathematical Statistics
M.A., Stanford University, Mathematics Education
B.S., San Jose State University, Mathematics

Research Interest

Finite Mixture Distributions
Goodness-of-fit Testing
Statistical Modeling of Biological Processes
Iron Deficiency Anemia
Iron Overload


1. How many years have you been associated with the current research?
30 years.

2. What is the research topic you are working on now?
Genetic Modifiers of Iron Status in Hemochromatosis HFE C282Y Homozygotes

3. What are attributes for a quality article?
- Well-developed literature search and explanation of the significance of the problem
- Hypothesis driven research question
- Appropriate methodology for scientific measurements and statistical approaches
- Well supported and detailed presentations and explanations of research results
- Relevant discussion including limitations

4. Do you have any research funding (NIH or other national funding) now?

5. When did you become an editor of OMICS Journal?

6. Where can the journal find the maximum scope in terms of niche?
I don’t understand this question.

7. What is your greatest career accomplishment?
Developing statistical methodology to detect developing iron deficiency anemia and response to treatment

8. How does the published scientific content assist the potential researchers?
- Provide descriptions of new methodology.
- Point out new areas needing further research.

9. What is the purpose of serving as an editor?
To provide service to the profession

10. Do you have any patents?

11. Have you contributed any editorials or papers (any types) to OMICS Journals in the past two years?
I published articles in Plos One, but am not sure that is an “OMICS” journal.

12. Do you plan to contribute any editorials or papers to OMICS Journals in the next year?
I don’t know at this time.

13. How would you define your experience with OMICS Group?
I have no complaints. I have not been very active.

14. Your opinion on conducting Editorial Board meetings at related Conferences?
It is a good idea, but I would need to have the travel support.

15. Would you recommend OMICS to your friends or colleagues?
Yes, although it depends on the journal impact factor.

16. How do you differentiate Epidemiology: Open Access with other journals in the field?
Open Access journals are proliferating. The concern is the impact factor.