2012 Seminars


Date: January 27th, 2012

Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Hoge, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, HMS

Title: “Mindfulness Meditation:Stress and Health”

Date: February 10th, 2012

Speaker: Amit Joshi, Postdoctoral Fellow, HSPH-Epidemiology

Title: “Relative excess risk due to interactions between GWAS identified susceptibility loci and risk factors of breast cancer”

Date: February 17th, 2012

Speaker: Noah Zaitlen, Postdoctoral Fellow, HSPH-Epidemiology

Title: “Richer models of human diseases and their genetic architectures”

Date: February 24th, 2012

Speaker: Gaurav Bhatia, Doctoral Student, HSPH-Epidemiology

Title: “Augmenting heritability estimates by analyzing haplotypes

Date: March 9th, 2012

Speaker: Dr. Josee Dupuis, Professor of Biostatistics, Boston University

Title: “Network-guided sparse regression modeling for detecting gene-gene interactions

Date: March 23rd, 2012

Speaker: Dr. Jorge Chavarro, HSPH-Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and HMS-Assistant Professor of Medicine

Title: “Epidemiologic studies of human fertility: current directions and opportunities

Date: March 30th, 2012

Speaker: Dr. Heather Eliasson, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, HSPH

Title: “Nuts and Bolts of the NHS/HPFS Blood Lab

Date: April 13th, 2012

Speaker: Dr. Alkes Price, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, HSPH

Title: “Tantalizing Dilemmas in Genetic Risk Prediction

Date: April 20th, 2012

Speaker: Alexander Gusev, Postdoctoral Fellow, HSPH-Epidemiology

Title: “Quantifying Recent Variation and Relatedness in Human Populations

Date: April 27th, 2012

Special PMAGE Seminar on Mendelian Randomization

Eric Tchetgen Tchetgen
HSPH-Epidemiology, Associate Professor
Some Methological Considerations in Mendelian Randomization Studies

Tyler Vanderweele
HSPH-Epidemiology, Associate Professor
Power and Instrument Strength Requirements for Mendelian Randomization Studies Using Multiple Genetic Variants

Stefan Walter
HSPH-Society, Human Development, and Health
Research Fellow
Genetic Instrumental Variables from Polygenic Scoring

Marilyn Cornelis
HSPH-Nutrition, Research Associate
Genetic Determinants of Caffeine Intake: Instrumental Variables or Effect Modifiers?

Lu Qi
HSPH-Nutrition, Assistant Professor
Lipoprotein(a) and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease: An Application of MR Analysis

Date: May 11th, 2012

Speaker: Erin Dunn, ScD, MPH
Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychiatric and Neurodevelopment Genetics
Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Human Genetic Research

Title: “Gene-environment Interaction in Youth Depression: Review and Recommendations

Date: May 15th, 2012

Speaker: Noah Zaitlen, Postdoctoral Fellow, HSPH-Epidemiology

Title: “Learning About the Differences in the Genetic Basis of Phenotype Around the World via Heritability Analysis of Admixed Individuals

Date:September 14th, 2012

Speaker:Jennifer Prescott, Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Title:“BMI and Type 2 Diabetes Genetic Risk Prediction Scores and Endometrial Cancer Risk”

Date:September 21st, 2012

Zhonghua Liu, Doctoral Student, HSPH-Epidemiology
“Quantitative Traits Modeling”


Xuefeng Wang, Postdoctoral Fellow, HSPH-Epidemiology and Biostatistics
“On the Analysis of DNA Methylation Array Data: Illumina-27k-based Testing and prediction”

Date:September 28th, 2012

Speaker:Hugues Aschard, Postdoctoral Fellow, HSPH-Epidemiology

Title:“Relaxing Genetic Models to Improve Detection of Genetics Variants having Heterogeneous Effect on Quantitative Phenotypes”

Date:October 12th, 2012

Speaker:Akweley Ablorh, Doctoral Student, HSPH-Epidemiology

Title:“Breast Cancer Risk and Rare Variants”

Date:October 19th, 2012

Speaker: Bjarni Vilhjalmsson, Postdoctoral Fellow, HSPH-Epidemiology

Title:“Bayesian Polygenic Risk Prediction using GWAS Summary Statistics”

Date:October 26th, 2012

Baoshan Ma, Postdoctoral Fellow, HSPH-Epidemiology
“Statistical Models to Predict DNA Methylation Level across Different Tissues in Humans”


Chaolong Wang, Postdoctoral Fellow, HSPH-Epidemiology and Biostatistics
“Estimating Individual Ancestry from Extremely Low-coverage Sequencing Data”

Date:November 30th, 2012

Amit Joshi, Postdoctoral Fellow, HSPH-Epidemiology
“Gene-environment Interactions in ER Negative Breast Cancer”


Cindy Wu, Postdoctoral Fellow, HSPH-Epidemiology
“Genome-wide Association Analyses of Esophageal Cancer Identify Multiple Susceptibility Loci and Gene-environment Interactions”

Date:December 14th, 2012

Speaker:Linda Hiraki, Doctoral Student, HSPH-Epidemiology

Title:“Joint Effects Known Colorectal Cancer Risk Markers and 25(OH)D in Relation to Vitamin D Receptor Binding Sites”