Terry E. Reed, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Medical and Molecular Genetics

Dr. Reed received his Ph.D. from the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics and Indiana University and his MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh.  He joined the Indiana University faculty in 1972 and became Emeritus Professor in 2010.  He is board certified in medical genetics by the American Board of Medical Genetics. 

Dr. Reed’s most recent focus was in twin studies taking over the IU Twin Panel upon Dr. Christian’s retirement in 1996.  The latter was closed with his retirement after 42 years.  He most recently worked primarily with the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council (NAS/NRC) and National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) twin panels.  Over 1200 DNA samples from these two twin cohorts are stored in the department as the NAS/NRC works to establish a repository for their twins.  Dr. Reed is also an internationally recognized expert in the field of dermatoglyphics (finger, palm and footprint patterns).  De-identified prints from approximately 2,000 sets of twins and other multiple births (and in some instances other family members) from the I.U. Twin Panel and others are stored in the American Dermatoglyphics Association Archives at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.


Reed, T., Pfefferbaum, A, Sullivan, E.A., and Carmelli, D. 2002. Influences of chorion type on measurements of the corpus callosum in adult monozygotic twins? Am. J. Hum. Biol. 14:338-346.

Reed, T., Carmelli, D., Robinson, T.S., Rinehart, S.A., and Williams, C.J. 2003. More favorable cardiovascular risk factor levels in male twins and mortality after 25 year of follow-up is related to longevity of their parents. J. Gerontol. Biol. Med. Sci. 58:M367-M371.

Reed, T., Dick, D.M., Uniacke, S., Foroud, T., and Nichols, W.C. 2004. Genome-wide scan for a healthy aging phenotype provides support for a locus near D4S1564 promoting healthy aging. J. Gerontol. Biol. Med. Sci. 59:B218-B226.

Reed, T., Plassman, B.L., Tanner, C.L., Dick, D.M., Rinehart, S.A., Nichols, W.C. 2005. Verification of self-report of zygosity determined via DNA testing in a subset of the NAS-NRC twin registry 40 years later. Twin Res. Hum. Genet. 8:362-367.

Reed, T., Viken, R.J., Rinehart, S.A. 2006. High heritability of fingertip arch patterns in twin-pairs. Am. J. Med. Genet. 104A: 263-271.

Garringer, H.J., Pankratz, N.D., Nichols, W.C., Reed, T. 2006. Hearing impairment susceptibility in elderly men and the DFNA18 locus. Arch. Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surg. 132: 506-510.

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