DC Rao

Professor of Biostatistics, Professor of Biostatistics in Genetics, Professor of Biostatistics in Psychiatry

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    1970 …2022

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    Dr. D.C. Rao, Professor of Biostatistics, joined the Division of Biostatistics as its Director in 1980. He holds joint appointments as professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, Genetics, and as adjunct professor in the Department of Mathematics. He stepped down as the Division Director at the end of 2019. He is a member and Past-President of the International Genetic Epidemiology Society (1996) and was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the society’s journal, Genetic Epidemiology (1984-91).

    Dr. Rao’s overall research interest is the genetic dissection of common complex traits, including GxE interactions in cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and their co-morbidities. He has published over 700 research articles and is a co-author of six books. He has held many research and training grants as PI, including Coordinating Centers and Data Coordinating Centers for several multicenter family and genetic studies.

    Dr. Rao is active in training and mentoring activities: Director of the Biostatistics Education Programs, a Summer Institute Program (PRIDE), and a Post-Doctoral Training Grant.


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    • A multi-layer functional genomic analysis to understand noncoding genetic variation in lipids

      Million Veterans Program & Global Lipids Genetics Consortium, Aug 4 2022, In: American journal of human genetics. 109, 8, p. 1366-1387 22 p.

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    • A saturated map of common genetic variants associated with human height

      23andMe Research Team, VA Million Veteran Program, DiscovEHR (DiscovEHR and MyCode Community Health Initiative), eMERGE (Electronic Medical Records and Genomics Network), Lifelines Cohort Study, The PRACTICAL Consortium & Understanding Society Scientific group, 2022, (Accepted/In press) In: Nature.

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    • Assessing the contribution of rare variants to complex trait heritability from whole-genome sequence data

      TOPMed Anthropometry Working Group & NHLBI Trans-Omics for Precision Medicine (TOPMed) Consortium, Mar 2022, In: Nature Genetics. 54, 3, p. 263-273 11 p.

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      23 Scopus citations
    • Gene-lifestyle interactions in the genomics of human complex traits

      the CHARGE Gene-Lifestyle Interactions Working Group, Jun 2022, In: European Journal of Human Genetics. 30, 6, p. 730-739 10 p.

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    • Insights From a Large-Scale Whole-Genome Sequencing Study of Systolic Blood Pressure, Diastolic Blood Pressure, and Hypertension

      Kelly, T. N., Sun, X., He, K. Y., Brown, M. R., Taliun, S. A. G., Hellwege, J. N., Irvin, M. R., Mi, X., Brody, J. A., Franceschini, N., Guo, X., Hwang, S. J., De Vries, P. S., Gao, Y., Moscati, A., Nadkarni, G. N., Yanek, L. R., Elfassy, T., Smith, J. A., Chung, R. H., & 85 othersBeitelshees, A. L., Patki, A., Aslibekyan, S., Blobner, B. M., Peralta, J. M., Assimes, T. L., Palmas, W. R., Liu, C., Bress, A. P., Huang, Z., Becker, L. C., Hwa, C. M., O'connell, J. R., Carlson, J. C., Warren, H. R., Das, S., Giri, A., Martin, L. W., Craig Johnson, W., Fox, E. R., Bottinger, E. P., Razavi, A. C., Vaidya, D., Chuang, L. M., Chang, Y. P. C., Naseri, T., Jain, D., Kang, H. M., Hung, A. M., Srinivasasainagendra, V., Snively, B. M., Gu, D., Montasser, M. E., Reupena, M. S., Heavner, B. D., Lefaive, J., Hixson, J. E., Rice, K. M., Wang, F. F., Nielsen, J. B., Huang, J., Khan, A. T., Zhou, W., Nierenberg, J. L., Laurie, C. C., Armstrong, N. D., Shi, M., Pan, Y., Stilp, A. M., Emery, L., Wong, Q., Hawley, N. L., Minster, R. L., Curran, J. E., Munroe, P. B., Weeks, D. E., North, K. E., Tracy, R. P., Kenny, E. E., Shimbo, D., Chakravarti, A., Rich, S. S., Reiner, A. P., Blangero, J., Redline, S., Mitchell, B. D., Rao, D. C., Ida Chen, Y. D., Kardia, S. L. R., Kaplan, R. C., Mathias, R. A., He, J., Psaty, B. M., Fornage, M., Loos, R. J. F., Correa, A., Boerwinkle, E., Rotter, J. I., Kooperberg, C., Edwards, T. L., Abecasis, G. R., Zhu, X., Levy, D., Arnett, D. K. & Morrison, A. C., Aug 1 2022, In: Hypertension. 79, 8, p. 1656-1667 12 p.

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