Andrey Bortsov, MD, PhD

Dr Andrey Bortsov is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Bortsov received his medical degree from Pavlov State Medical University (Saint Petersburg, Russia) and his PhD in Epidemiology from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. Dr Bortsov has expertise in molecular and genetic epidemiology, epigenetics, clinical study design, data management and analysis.

The focus of Dr. Bortsov’s research is to identify candidate genetic and epigenetic predictors of persistent pain and psychological sequelae after traumatic stressful events via application of a broad variety of methods, including molecular epidemiology, bioinformatics, and statistical genetics. Specifically, Dr Bortsov’s research aims to investigate DNA methylation in important regulatory regions in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and catecholaminergic system genes as a predictor of persistent musculoskeletal pain after traumatic stressful events and how DNA methylation interacts with genetic variants in genes linked to vulnerability to persistent pain development.