Ermira Krasniqi Boshnjaku


Thesis title: "Genetic polymorphisms of vitamin D-related genes and its association with vitamin D status and physical performance in adults aged 45 years and above"

Thesis Outline: Assessment of the association between vitamin D status, genetic polymorphisms in vitamin D-related genes and functional performance in adults from a developing country such as Kosovo. This will be done by estimating the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency and its association with different covariates such as gender, age, nutritional intake, physical activity and health status, analyzing the frequency of genetic variants within vitamin D pathway-related genes and the potential association with muscle traits and/or vitamin D status, and finally with the investigation of the potential association of vitamin D status and muscle traits.

Supervisor & Co-Mentor: Karl-Heinz Wagner, Barbara Wessner