Ravindranath Duggirala Ph.D.

Faculty Profile Picture

Professor

South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute

School of Medicine

Office: Edinburg Campus, EREBL, Room 2.104
1201 West University Dr.
Edinburg, TX.  78539
Phone: +1 (956)-665-6456
Email: ravindranath.duggirala@utrgv.edu

Education

1995 Ph.D. Anthropology/Biological Anthropology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA

1991 M.A. Anthropology, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, USA

1978 M.Sc. Human Genetics and Physical Anthropology, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India



Research Focus

With dual interests in anthropological genetics and genetic epidemiology, Dr. Duggirala’s research group pursues a wide range of human population studies around the world. Past, present and future collaborative projects include investigations of genetic and cultural influences on lipids in Mennonites from Kansas and Nebraska; localization and identification of genes that influence susceptibility to complex diseases including obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), metabolic syndrome (MS), cardiovascular disease, diabetic nephropathy, and gallbladder disease (GBD) in Mexican Americans; genetic studies of T2DM in native populations in India; and genetic studies of tuberculosis in Mexican populations in Chihuahua, Mexico.

The growing epidemic of childhood obesity and its complications prompted Dr. Duggirala’s research group to conduct a unique study of nondiabetic children and youth aged 6-17 years from large predominantly lower-income Mexican American families known to be at increased risk for diabetes. The San Antonio Family Assessment of Metabolic Risk Indicators in Youth (SAFARI) study has generated data showing that many of the children are headed early toward T2DM-related health problems including obesity, pre-diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. Critical findings generated by the project suggest that if screening of high-risk children could be performed by age six, it would provide an improved window of opportunity for interventions (e.g., diet and physical activity) that could delay or prevent the development of major health issues later in life. Dr. Duggirala is now seeking to implement culturally-sensitive and family-based lifestyle interventions for Mexican American children and adolescents to prevent the development of future serious health problems. 

Dr. Duggirala’s research group is strongly committed to major collaborative efforts such as the T2D-GENES Consortium. The Consortium is an effort to confirm and characterize the genetic associations for T2DM identified from recent genome-wide association studies as well as to identify additional novel T2DM susceptibility genes/variants in the Mexican American population. The T2D-GENES project examines similarities and differences in the distribution of T2DM susceptibility variants among five ancestry groups: Europeans, East Asians, South Asians, Hispanic Americans, and African Americans. Dr. Duggirala’s research group is now part of the newly formed Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP) T2D-GENES consortium that will build on and expand the research activities of the T2D-GENES consortium.

At the international level, the research group has established an NIH-funded Collaborative Research Partnership (CRP) between two US institutions (including the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) and three institutions in India to evaluate genetic determinants of T2DM among Indian populations. Another collaborative project aims to use genome-metabolome technologies to identify novel genetically-driven small molecule biomarkers to predict diabetes risk linked to early onset of T2DM at lower obesity thresholds, using data from Punjabi/Sikh families from India, and to explore their relevance to multi-ethnic populations of the US. Dr. Duggirala also has led collaborative interactions between U.S. and Mexican researchers that have resulted in a growing program on the genetics of susceptibility to tuberculosis and a paper on the epidemiology of TB in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

Intramural Appointments

    

Extramural Appointments

  • Member, Admissions Committee, UTRGV School of Medicine

  • Member, Institutional Review Board (IRB), University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

  • Adjunct Professor, Division of Diabetes, Department of Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio

  • Member, Steering Committee, Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) Genetic Exploration by Next-Generation Sequencing in Ethnic

      Samples (T2D-GENES) Consortium (NIDDK)

  • Member, Steering Committee, Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP) T2D-GENES Consortium (NIDDK)

  • Member, AMP T2D GENES Data Working Group

  • Member, U.S. Consortium Steering Committee, International Consortium for the Study of Tuberculosis (ICST),

      University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

  • Review Editor, Frontiers in Applied Genetic Epidemiology Journal

  • Reviewer, Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science (IIMS)/Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA),

      Pilot Projects, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

  • Member, VA SPLM (MVP beta-test projects) Review Committee (Teleconference Participant)

  • Member (IRB-3), Institutional Review Board-3, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio (until 09/15)

  • Alternate Member (IRB-1), Institutional Review Board-1, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio (until 09/15)

  • Alternate Member (IRB-2), Institutional Review Board-2, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio (until 09/15)

  • Alternate Member (IRB-E), Institutional Review Board-E, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio (until 09/15)

Recent Publications

Book Chapters

  • Duggirala R, Almasy L, Williams-Blangero S, Paul S, Kole C (eds). Genome Mapping and Genomics in Human and Non-Human Primates, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. 2015.

  • Arya R, Puppala S, Farook VS, Chittoor G, Jenkinson CP, Blangero J, Hale DE, Duggirala R, Almasy L. Mapping of susceptibility genes for obesity, type 2 diabetes, and the metabolic syndrome in human populations. Pp. 181-246. In: Genome Mapping and Genomics in Human and Non-Human Primates, R Duggirala, L Almasy, S Williams-Blangero, S Paul, C Kole (eds), Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. 2015.

Journal Articles

  • Nicholson AM, Finch NA, Almeida M, Perkerson RB, van Blitterswijk M, Wojtas A, Cenik B, Rotondo S, Inskeep V, Almasy L, Dyer T, Peralta J, Jun G, Wood AR, Frayling TM, Fuchsberger C, Fowler S, Teslovich TM, Manning AK, Kumar S, Curran J, Lehman D, Abecasis G, Duggirala R, Pottier C, Zahir HA, Crook JE, Karydas A, Mitic L, Sun Y, Dickson DW, Bu G, Herz J, Yu G, Miller BL, Ferguson S, Petersen RC, Graff-Radford N, Blangero J, Rademakers R. Prosaposin is a regulator of progranulin levels and oligomerization. Nat Commun. 2016 Jun 30;7:11992. doi: 10.1038/ncomms11992. PubMed PMID: 27356620.

  • Hodgson K, Almasy L, Knowles EE, Kent JW, Curran JE, Dyer TD, Göring HH, Olvera RL, Fox PT, Pearlson GD, Krystal JH, Duggirala R, Blangero J, Glahn DC. Genome-wide significant loci for addiction and anxiety. Eur Psychiatry. 2016 Jun 15;36:47-54. doi: 10.1016/j.eurpsy.2016.03.004. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27318301.

  • Jenkinson CP, Göring HH, Arya R, Blangero J, Duggirala R, DeFronzo RA. Transcriptomics in type 2 diabetes: Bridging the gap between genotype and phenotype. Genom Data. 2015 Dec 17;8:25-36. doi: 10.1016/j.gdata.2015.12.001. eCollection 2016 Jun. PubMed PMID: 27114903; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4832048.

  • Hanson RL, Leti F, Tsinajinnie D, Kobes S, Puppala S, Curran JE, Almasy L, Lehman DM, Blangero J, Duggirala R, DiStefano JK. The Arg59Trp variant in ANGPTL8 (betatrophin) is associated with total and HDL-cholesterol in American Indians and Mexican Americans and differentially affects cleavage of ANGPTL3. Mol Genet Metab. 2016 Jun;118(2):128-37. doi: 10.1016/j.ymgme.2016.04.007. Epub 2016 Apr 19. PubMed PMID: 27117576; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4880492.

  • Mamtani M, Kulkarni H, Wong G, Weir JM, Barlow CK, Dyer TD, Almasy L, Mahaney MC, Comuzzie AG, Glahn DC, Magliano DJ, Zimmet P, Shaw J, Williams-Blangero S, Duggirala R, Blangero J, Meikle PJ, Curran JE. Lipidomic risk score independently and cost-effectively predicts risk of future type 2 diabetes: Results from diverse cohorts. Lipids Health Dis. 2016 Apr 4;15(1):67. doi: 10.1186/s12944-016-0234-3. PubMed PMID: 27044508; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4820916.

  • Chittoor G, Kent JW Jr, Almeida M, Puppala S, Farook VS, Cole SA, Haack K, Göring HH, MacCluer JW, Curran JE, Carless MA, Johnson MP, Moses EK, Almasy L, Mahaney MC, Lehman DM, Duggirala R, Comuzzie AG, Blangero J, Voruganti VS. GWAS and transcriptional analysis prioritize ITPR1 and CNTN4 for a serum uric acid 3p26 QTL in Mexican Americans. BMC Genomics. 2016 Apr 2;17(1):276. doi: 10.1186/s12864-016-2594-5. PubMed PMID: 27039371; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4818944.

  • Franke B, Stein JL, Ripke S, Anttila V, Hibar DP, van Hulzen KJ, Arias-Vasquez A, Smoller JW, Nichols TE, Neale MC, McIntosh AM, Lee P, McMahon FJ, Meyer-Lindenberg A, Mattheisen M, Andreassen OA, Gruber O, Sachdev PS, Roiz-Santiañez R, Saykin AJ, Ehrlich S, Mather KA, Turner JA, Schwarz E, Thalamuthu A, Yao Y, Ho YY, Martin NG, Wright MJ; Schizophrenia Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium; Psychosis Endophenotypes International Consortium; Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium 2; Enigma Consortium, O'Donovan MC, Thompson PM, Neale BM, Medland SE, Sullivan PF. Genetic influences on schizophrenia and subcortical brain volumes: Large-scale proof of concept. Nat Neurosci. 2016 Mar;19(3):420-31. doi: 10.1038/nn.4228. Epub 2016 Feb 1. PubMed PMID: 26854805; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4852730.

  • Kos MZ, Carless MA, Peralta J, Blackburn A, Almeida M, Roalf D, Pogue-Geile MF, Prasad K, Gur RC, Nimgaonkar V, Curran JE, Duggirala R, Glahn DC, Blangero J, Gur RE, Almasy L. Exome sequence data from multigenerational families implicate AMPA receptor trafficking in neurocognitive impairment and schizophrenia risk. Schizophr Bull. 2016 Mar;42(2):288-300. doi: 10.1093/schbul/sbv135. Epub 2015 Sep 24. PubMed PMID: 26405221; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4753604.

  • Kim JY, DeMenna JT, Puppala S, Chittoor G, Schneider J, Duggirala R, Mandarino LJ, Shaibi GQ, Coletta DK. Physical activity and FTO genotype by physical activity interactive influences on obesity. BMC Genet. 2016 Feb 24;17:47. doi: 10.1186/s12863-016-0357-6. PubMed PMID: 26908368; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4765034.

  • Horikoshi M, Pasquali L, Wiltshire S, Huyghe JR, Mahajan A, Asimit JL, Ferreira T, Locke AE, Robertson NR, Wang X, Sim X, Fujita H, Hara K, Young R, Zhang W, Choi S, Chen H, Kaur I, Takeuchi F, Fontanillas P, Thuillier D, Yengo L, Below JE, Tam CH, Wu Y, Abecasis G, Altshuler D, Bell GI, Blangero J, Burtt NP, Duggirala R, Florez JC, Hanis CL, Seielstad M, Atzmon G, Chan JC, Ma RC, Froguel P, Wilson JG, Bharadwaj D, Dupuis J, Meigs JB, Cho YS, Park T, Kooner JS, Chambers JC, Saleheen D, Kadowaki T, Tai ES, Mohlke KL, Cox NJ, Ferrer J, Zeggini E, Kato N, Teo YY, Boehnke M, McCarthy MI, Morris AP; T2D-GENES Consortium. Transancestral fine-mapping of four type 2 diabetes susceptibility loci highlights potential causal regulatory mechanisms. Hum Mol Genet. 2016 Feb 23. pii: ddw048. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26911676.

  • Knowles EE, Kent JW Jr, McKay DR, Sprooten E, Mathias SR, Curran JE, Carless MA, Almeida MA, Göring HH, Dyer TD, Olvera RL, Fox PT, Duggirala R, Almasy L, Blangero J, Glahn DC. Genome-wide linkage on chromosome 10q26 for a dimensional scale of major depression. J Affect Disord. 2016 Feb;191:123-31. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2015.11.012. Epub 2015 Nov 17. PubMed PMID: 26655122; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4715913.

  • Mamtani M, Kulkarni H, Dyer TD, Göring HH, Neary JL, Cole SA, Kent JW, Kumar S, Glahn DC, Mahaney MC, Comuzzie AG, Almasy L, Curran JE, Duggirala R, Blangero J, Carless MA. Genome- and epigenome-wide association study of hypertriglyceridemic waist in Mexican American families. Clin Epigenetics. 2016 Jan 20;8:6. doi: 10.1186/s13148-016-0173-x. eCollection 2016. PubMed PMID: 26798409; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4721061.

  • Mathias SR, Knowles EE, Kent JW Jr, McKay DR, Curran JE, Almeida MA, Dyer TD, Göring HH, Olvera RL, Duggirala R, Fox PT, Almasy L, Blangero J, Glahn DC. Recurrent major depression and right hippocampal volume: A bivariate linkage and association study. Hum Brain Mapp. 2016 Jan;37(1):191-202. doi: 10.1002/hbm.23025. Epub 2015 Oct 20. PubMed PMID: 26485182.

  • Kulkarni H, Mamtani M, Peralta J, Almeida M, Dyer TD, Göring HH, Johnson MP, Duggirala R, Mahaney MC, Olvera RL, Almasy L, Glahn DC, Williams-Blangero S, Curran JE, Blangero J. Soluble forms of intercellular and vascular cell adhesion molecules independently predict progression to type 2 diabetes in Mexican American families. PLoS One. 2016 Mar 23;11(3):e0151177. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0151177. eCollection 2016. PubMed PMID: 27007680; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4805238.

  • Kim YJ, Lee J, Kim BJ; T2D-Genes Consortium, Park T. A new strategy for enhancing imputation quality of rare variants from next-generation sequencing data via combining SNP and exome chip data. BMC Genomics. 2015 Dec 29;16:1109. doi: 10.1186/s12864-015-2192-y. PubMed PMID: 26715385; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4696174.

  • Sprooten E, Gupta CN, Knowles EE, McKay DR, Mathias SR, Curran JE, Kent JW Jr, Carless MA, Almeida MA, Dyer TD, Göring HH, Olvera RL, Kochunov P, Fox PT, Duggirala R, Almasy L, Calhoun VD, Blangero J, Turner JA, Glahn DC. Genome-wide significant linkage of schizophrenia-related neuroanatomical trait to 12q24. Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet. 2015 Dec; 168(8):678-86. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.b.32360. Epub 2015 Oct 5. PubMed PMID: 26440917; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4639444.

  • Arya R, Del Rincon I, Farook VS, Restrepo JF, Winnier DA, Fourcaudot MJ, Battafarano DF, Almeida M, Kumar S, Curran JE, Jenkinson CP, Blangero J, Duggirala R, Escalante A. Genetic variants influencing joint damage in Mexican Americans and European Americans with rheumatoid arthritis. Genet Epidemiol. 2015 Dec; 39(8):678-88. doi: 10.1002/gepi.21938. Epub 2015 Oct 26. PubMed PMID: 26498133.

  • Rubicz R, Yolken R, Drigalenko E, Carless MA, Dyer TD, Kent J Jr, Curran JE, Johnson MP, Cole SA, Fowler SP, Arya R, Puppala S, Almasy L, Moses EK, Kraig E, Duggirala R, Blangero J, Leach CT, Göring HH. Genome-wide genetic investigation of serological measures of common infections. Eur J Hum Genet. 2015; Nov; 23(11):1544-8. doi: 10.1038/ejhg.2015.24. Epub 2015 Mar 11. PubMed PMID: 25758998; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4613484.

  • Farook VS, Reddivari L, Chittoor G, Puppala S, Arya R, Fowler SP, Hunt KJ, Curran JE, Comuzzie AG, Lehman DM, Jenkinson CP, Lynch JL, DeFronzo RA, Blangero J, Hale DE, Duggirala R, Vanamala J. Metabolites as novel biomarkers for childhood obesity-related traits in Mexican-American children. Pediatr Obes. 2015 Aug; 10(4):320-7. doi: 10.1111/ijpo.270. Epub 2014 Nov 18. PubMed PMID: 25405847; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4436034.

  • Iyengar SK, Sedor JR, Freedman BI, Kao WH, Kretzler M, Keller BJ, Abboud HE, Adler SG, Best LG, Bowden DW, Burlock A, Chen YD, Cole SA, Comeau ME, Curtis JM, Divers J, Drechsler C, Duggirala R, Elston RC, Guo X, Huang H, Hoffmann MM, Howard BV, Ipp E, Kimmel PL, Klag MJ, Knowler WC, Kohn OF, Leak TS, Leehey DJ, Li M, Malhotra A, März W, Nair V, Nelson RG, Nicholas SB, O'Brien SJ, Pahl MV, Parekh RS, Pezzolesi MG, Rasooly RS, Rotimi CN, Rotter JI, Schelling JR, Seldin MF, Shah VO, Smiles AM, Smith MW, Taylor KD, Thameem F, Thornley-Brown DP, Truitt BJ, Wanner C, Weil EJ, Winkler CA, Zager PG, Igo RP Jr, Hanson RL, Langefeld CD; Family Investigation of Nephropathy and Diabetes (FIND). Genome-wide association and trans-ethnic meta-analysis for advanced diabetic kidney disease: Family Investigation of Nephropathy and Diabetes (FIND). PLoS Genet. 2015 Aug 25;11(8):e1005352. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1005352. eCollection 2015 Aug. PubMed PMID: 26305897; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4549309.

  • Kochunov P, Jahanshad N, Marcus D, Winkler A, Sprooten E, Nichols TE, Wright SN, Hong LE, Patel B, Behrens T, Jbabdi S, Andersson J, Lenglet C, Yacoub E, Moeller S, Auerbach E, Ugurbil K, Sotiropoulos SN, Brouwer RM, Landman B, Lemaitre H, den Braber A, Zwiers MP, Ritchie S, van Hulzen K, Almasy L, Curran J, deZubicaray GI, Duggirala R, Fox P, Martin NG, McMahon KL, Mitchell B, Olvera RL, Peterson C, Starr J, Sussmann J, Wardlaw J, Wright M, Boomsma DI, Kahn R, de Geus EJ, Williamson DE, Hariri A, van 't Ent D, Bastin ME, McIntosh A, Deary IJ, Hulshoff Pol HE, Blangero J, Thompson PM, Glahn DC, Van Essen DC. Heritability of fractional anisotropy in human white matter: A comparison of Human Connectome Project and ENIGMA-DTI data. Neuroimage. 2015 May 1;111:300-11. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.02.050. Epub 2015 Mar 4. PubMed PMID: 25747917; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4387079.

  • Hibar DP, Stein JL, Renteria ME, Arias-Vasquez A, Desrivières S, Jahanshad N, Toro R, Wittfeld K, Abramovic L, Andersson M, Aribisala BS, Armstrong NJ, Bernard M, Bohlken MM, Boks MP, Bralten J, Brown AA, Chakravarty MM, Chen Q, Ching CR, Cuellar-Partida G, den Braber A, Giddaluru S, Goldman AL, Grimm O, Guadalupe T, Hass J, Woldehawariat G, Holmes AJ, Hoogman M, Janowitz D, Jia T, Kim S, Klein M, Kraemer B, Lee PH, Olde Loohuis LM, Luciano M, Macare C, Mather KA, Mattheisen M, Milaneschi Y, Nho K, Papmeyer M, Ramasamy A, Risacher SL, Roiz-Santiañez R, Rose EJ, Salami A, Sämann PG, Schmaal L, Schork AJ, Shin J, Strike LT, Teumer A, van Donkelaar MM, van Eijk KR, Walters RK, Westlye LT, Whelan CD, Winkler AM, Zwiers MP, Alhusaini S, Athanasiu L, Ehrlich S, Hakobjan MM, Hartberg CB, Haukvik UK, Heister AJ, Hoehn D, Kasperaviciute D, Liewald DC, Lopez LM, Makkinje RR, Matarin M, Naber MA, McKay DR, Needham M, Nugent AC, Pütz B, Royle NA, Shen L, Sprooten E, Trabzuni D, van der Marel SS, van Hulzen KJ, Walton E, Wolf C, Almasy L, Ames D, Arepalli S, Assareh AA, Bastin ME, Brodaty H, Bulayeva KB, Carless MA, Cichon S, Corvin A, Curran JE, Czisch M, de Zubicaray GI, Dillman A, Duggirala R, Dyer TD, Erk S, Fedko IO, Ferrucci L, Foroud TM, Fox PT, Fukunaga M, Gibbs JR, Göring HH, Green RC, Guelfi S, Hansell NK, Hartman CA, Hegenscheid K, Heinz A, Hernandez DG, Heslenfeld DJ, Hoekstra PJ, Holsboer F, Homuth G, Hottenga JJ, Ikeda M, Jack CR Jr, Jenkinson M, Johnson R, Kanai R, Keil M, Kent JW Jr, Kochunov P, Kwok JB, Lawrie SM, Liu X, Longo DL, McMahon KL, Meisenzahl E, Melle I, Mohnke S, Montgomery GW, Mostert JC, Mühleisen TW, Nalls MA, Nichols TE, Nilsson LG, Nöthen MM, Ohi K, Olvera RL, Perez-Iglesias R, Pike GB, Potkin SG, Reinvang I, Reppermund S, Rietschel M, Romanczuk-Seiferth N, Rosen GD, Rujescu D, Schnell K, Schofield PR, Smith C, Steen VM, Sussmann JE, Thalamuthu A, Toga AW, Traynor BJ, Troncoso J, Turner JA, Valdés Hernández MC, van 't Ent D, van der Brug M, van der Wee NJ, van Tol MJ, Veltman DJ, Wassink TH, Westman E, Zielke RH, Zonderman AB, Ashbrook DG, Hager R, Lu L, McMahon FJ, Morris DW, Williams RW, Brunner HG, Buckner RL, Buitelaar JK, Cahn W, Calhoun VD, Cavalleri GL, Crespo-Facorro B, Dale AM, Davies GE, Delanty N, Depondt C, Djurovic S, Drevets WC, Espeseth T, Gollub RL, Ho BC, Hoffmann W, Hosten N, Kahn RS, Le Hellard S, Meyer-Lindenberg A, Müller-Myhsok B, Nauck M, Nyberg L, Pandolfo M, Penninx BW, Roffman JL, Sisodiya SM, Smoller JW, van Bokhoven H, van Haren NE, Völzke H, Walter H, Weiner MW, Wen W, White T, Agartz I, Andreassen OA, Blangero J, Boomsma DI, Brouwer RM, Cannon DM, Cookson MR, de Geus EJ, Deary IJ, Donohoe G, Fernández G, Fisher SE, Francks C, Glahn DC, Grabe HJ, Gruber O, Hardy J, Hashimoto R, Hulshoff Pol HE, Jönsson EG, Kloszewska I, Lovestone S, Mattay VS, Mecocci P, McDonald C, McIntosh AM, Ophoff RA, Paus T, Pausova Z, Ryten M, Sachdev PS, Saykin AJ, Simmons A, Singleton A, Soininen H, Wardlaw JM, Weale ME, Weinberger DR, Adams HH, Launer LJ, Seiler S, Schmidt R, Chauhan G, Satizabal CL, Becker JT, Yanek L, van der Lee SJ, Ebling M, Fischl B, Longstreth WT Jr, Greve D, Schmidt H, Nyquist P, Vinke LN, van Duijn CM, Xue L, Mazoyer B, Bis JC, Gudnason V, Seshadri S, Ikram MA; Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative; CHARGE Consortium; EPIGEN; IMAGEN; SYS, Martin NG, Wright MJ, Schumann G, Franke B, Thompson PM, Medland SE. Common genetic variants influence human subcortical brain structures. Nature. 2015 Apr 9; 520(7546):224-9. doi: 10.1038/nature14101. Epub 2015 Jan 21. PubMed PMID: 25607358; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4393366.

  • Williams AL, Genovese G, Dyer T, Altemose N, Truax K, Jun G, Patterson N, Myers SR, Curran JE, Duggirala R, Blangero J, Reich D, Przeworski M; T2D-GENES Consortium. Non-crossover gene conversions show strong GC bias and unexpected clustering in humans. Elife. 2015 Mar 25; 4. doi: 10.7554/eLife.04637. PubMed PMID: 25806687; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4404656.

  • Wood AR, Tuke MA, Nalls M, Hernandez D, Gibbs JR, Lin H, Xu CS, Li Q, Shen J, Jun G, Almeida M, Tanaka T, Perry JR, Gaulton K, Rivas M, Pearson R, Curran JE, Johnson MP, Göring HH, Duggirala R, Blangero J, McCarthy MI, Bandinelli S, Murray A, Weedon MN, Singleton A, Melzer D, Ferrucci L, Frayling TM. Whole-genome sequencing to understand the genetic architecture of common gene expression and biomarker phenotypes. Hum Mol Genet. 2015 Mar 1;24(5):1504-12. doi:10.1093/hmg/ddu560. Epub 2014 Nov 6. PubMed PMID: 25378555; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4321449.

  • Knowles EE, McKay DR, Kent JW Jr, Sprooten E, Carless MA, Curran JE, Almeida MA, Dyer TD, Göring HH, Olvera RL, Duggirala R, Fox PT, Almasy L, Blangero J, Glahn DC. Pleiotropic locus for emotion recognition and amygdala volume identified using univariate and bivariate linkage. Am J Psychiatry. 2015 Feb 1;172(2):190-9. doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2014.14030311. Epub 2014 Oct 31. PubMed PMID: 25322361; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4314438.

  • Glahn DC, Williams JT, McKay DR, Knowles EE, Sprooten E, Mathias SR, Curran JE, Kent JW Jr, Carless MA, Göring HH, Dyer TD, Woolsey MD, Winkler AM, Olvera RL, Kochunov P, Fox PT, Duggirala R, Almasy L, Blangero J. Discovering schizophrenia endophenotypes in randomly ascertained pedigrees. Biol Psychiatry. 2015 Jan 1;77(1):75-83. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2014.06.027. Epub 2014 Jul 21. PubMed PMID: 25168609; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4261014.

  • Spieker EA, Kochunov P, Rowland LM, Sprooten E, Winkler AM, Olvera RL, Almasy L, Duggirala R, Fox PT, Blangero J, Glahn DC, Curran JE. Shared genetic variance between obesity and white matter integrity in Mexican Americans. Front Genet. 2015 Feb 13; 6:26. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2015.00026. eCollection 2015. PubMed PMID: 25763009; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4327744.

  • Dager AD, McKay DR, Kent JW Jr, Curran JE, Knowles E, Sprooten E, Göring HH, Dyer TD, Pearlson GD, Olvera RL, Fox PT, Lovallo WR, Duggirala R, Almasy L, Blangero J, Glahn DC. Shared genetic factors influence amygdala volumes and risk for alcoholism. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2015 Jan; 40(2):412-20. doi:10.1038/npp.2014.187. Epub 2014 Jul 31. PubMed PMID: 25079289; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4443955.

  • Mahajan A, Sim X, Ng HJ, Manning A, Rivas MA, Highland HM, Locke AE, Grarup N, Im HK, Cingolani P, Flannick J, Fontanillas P, Fuchsberger C, Gaulton KJ, Teslovich TM, Rayner NW, Robertson NR, Beer NL, Rundle JK, Bork-Jensen J, Ladenvall C, Blancher C, Buck D, Buck G, Burtt NP, Gabriel S, Gjesing AP, Groves CJ, Hollensted M, Huyghe JR, Jackson AU, Jun G, Justesen JM, Mangino M, Murphy J, Neville M, Onofrio R, Small KS, Stringham HM, Syvänen AC, Trakalo J, Abecasis G, Bell GI, Blangero J, Cox NJ, Duggirala R, Hanis CL, Seielstad M, Wilson JG, Christensen C, Brandslund I, Rauramaa R, Surdulescu GL, Doney AS, Lannfelt L, Linneberg A, Isomaa B, Tuomi T, Jørgensen ME, Jørgensen T, Kuusisto J, Uusitupa M, Salomaa V, Spector TD, Morris AD, Palmer CN, Collins FS, Mohlke KL, Bergman RN, Ingelsson E, Lind L, Tuomilehto J, Hansen T, Watanabe RM, Prokopenko I, Dupuis J, Karpe F, Groop L, Laakso M, Pedersen O, Florez JC, Morris AP, Altshuler D, Meigs JB, Boehnke M, McCarthy MI, Lindgren CM, Gloyn AL; T2D-GENES consortium and GoT2D consortium. Identification and functional characterization of G6PC2 coding variants influencing glycemic traits define an effector transcript at the G6PC2-ABCB11 locus. PLoS Genet. 2015 Jan 27; 11(1):e1004876. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1004876. eCollection 2015 Jan. PubMed PMID: 25625282; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4307976.

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Collaborating Institutions

  • Arizona State University

  • Rajasthan University of Health Sciences

  • University of Maryland School of Medicine

  • Hospital General de Mexico Dr Eduardo Liceaga

  • Southwest Research Institute

  • University of North Carolina

  • Kuwait University

  • Sri Ramachandra University

  • University of Oklahoma HSC

  • Narayana Medical College & Hospital

  • Texas Biomedical Research Institute

  • UTHSC/H School of Public Health

  • National Jewish Health

  • Texas Department of State Health Services

  • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

  • National Institute for Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Disease, NIH

  • Texas Tech University HSC

  • University of Veracruz

  • New Mexico Department of Health

  • University of California at Los Angeles

  • Washington U. School of Medicine

  • Penn State University

  • University of Kansas

  • Yale University School of Medicine

  • Phoenix Epidemiology and Clinical Research Branch, NIDDK, NIH

  • University of Chihuahua


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