Anita L. DeStefano, PhD

Professor, Biostatistics
Anita DeStefano
(617) 638-5172adestef@bu.edu
Crosstown Center – 314
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Biography

Anita L. DeStefano, Ph.D. is Professor of Biostatistics and Neurology and Associate Director of the BUMC Genome Science Institute. She served for 10 years as Co-Director of the Biostatistics Program, which grants MA and Ph.D degrees in Biostatistics and is current Director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Statistical Genetics. Dr. DeStefano developed a course in Statistical Genetics (BS858), which is taught to MPH, Biostatistics Program, and other graduate students. She is also an instructor and co-PI of the BU Summer Institute for Research Education in Biostatistics (SIBS) program. She has taught or served as course coordinator for Introduction to Statistical Computing (BS723) for over 18 years. Her main research interest is statistical genetics. She was an investigator in the multi-national GenePD study working to identify the genes contributing Parkinson Disease. Dr. DeStefano is also a senior statistical geneticist for the Framingham Heart Study focusing on stroke, Alzheimer disease and related endophenotypes including brain MRI measures. She is a key member of the Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology (CHARGE) consortium Neurology working group and of the International Genomics of Alzheimer Disease (IGAP) consortium. She is currently leading QC efforts in the joint NHGRI/NIA Alzheimer Disease Sequencing Project. Dr. DeStefano has been instrumental in developing research computing resources for BUMC. She currently is co-chair of the BU IS&T Research Computing Governance Committee and the Shared Compute Cluster Faculty Advisory subcomittee.

Other Positions

  • Associate Professor, Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Boston Medical Center
  • Framingham Heart Study

Education

  • Cornell University, PhD
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, MS
  • Cornell University, BS

Classes Taught

  • SPHBS980

Publications

  • Published on 11/5/2018

    Peloso GM, Beiser AS, Destefano AL, Seshadri S. Genetic Interaction with Plasma Lipids on Alzheimer's Disease in the Framingham Heart Study. J Alzheimers Dis. 2018 Nov 05. PMID: 30412497.

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  • Published on 9/17/2018

    Lim E, Xu H, Wu P, Posner D, Wu J, Peloso GM, Pitsillides AN, DeStefano AL, Adrienne Cupples L, Liu CT. Network analysis of drug effect on triglyceride-associated DNA methylation. BMC Proc. 2018; 12(Suppl 9):27. PMID: 30275881.

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  • Published on 9/17/2018

    Wang B, DeStefano AL, Lin H. Integrative methylation score to identify epigenetic modifications associated with lipid changes resulting from fenofibrate treatment in families. BMC Proc. 2018; 12(Suppl 9):28. PMID: 30275882.

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  • Published on 8/14/2018

    Bis JC, Jian X, Kunkle BW, Chen Y, Hamilton-Nelson KL, Bush WS, Salerno WJ, Lancour D, Ma Y, Renton AE, Marcora E, Farrell JJ, Zhao Y, Qu L, Ahmad S, Amin N, Amouyel P, Beecham GW, Below JE, Campion D, Charbonnier C, Chung J, Crane PK, Cruchaga C, Cupples LA, Dartigues JF, Debette S, Deleuze JF, Fulton L, Gabriel SB, Genin E, Gibbs RA, Goate A, Grenier-Boley B, Gupta N, Haines JL, Havulinna AS, Helisalmi S, Hiltunen M, Howrigan DP, Ikram MA, Kaprio J, Konrad J, Kuzma A, Lander ES, Lathrop M, Lehtimäki T, Lin H, Mattila K, Mayeux R, Muzny DM, Nasser W, Neale B, Nho K, Nicolas G, Patel D, Pericak-Vance MA, Perola M, Psaty BM, Quenez O, Rajabli F, Redon R, Reitz C, Remes AM, Salomaa V, Sarnowski C, Schmidt H, Schmidt M, Schmidt R, Soininen H, Thornton TA, Tosto G, Tzourio C, van der Lee SJ, van Duijn CM, Vardarajan B, Wang W, Wijsman E, Wilson RK, Witten D, Worley KC, Zhang X, Bellenguez C, Lambert JC, Kurki MI, Palotie A, Daly M, Boerwinkle E, Lunetta KL, Destefano AL, Dupuis J, Martin ER, Schellenberg GD, Seshadri S, Naj AC, Fornage M, Farrer LA. Whole exome sequencing study identifies novel rare and common Alzheimer's-Associated variants involved in immune response and transcriptional regulation. Mol Psychiatry. 2018 Aug 14. PMID: 30108311.

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  • Published on 8/1/2018

    Jian X, Satizabal CL, Smith AV, Wittfeld K, Bis JC, Smith JA, Hsu FC, Nho K, Hofer E, Hagenaars SP, Nyquist PA, Mishra A, Adams HHH, Li S, Teumer A, Zhao W, Freedman BI, Saba Y, Yanek LR, Chauhan G, van Buchem MA, Cushman M, Royle NA, Bryan RN, Niessen WJ, Windham BG, DeStefano AL, Habes M, Heckbert SR, Palmer ND, Lewis CE, Eiriksdottir G, Maillard P, Mathias RA, Homuth G, Valdés-Hernández MDC, Divers J, Beiser AS, Langner S, Rice KM, Bastin ME, Yang Q, Maldjian JA, Starr JM, Sidney S, Risacher SL, Uitterlinden AG, Gudnason VG, Nauck M, Rotter JI, Schreiner PJ, Boerwinkle E, van Duijn CM, Mazoyer B, von Sarnowski B, Gottesman RF, Levy D, Sigurdsson S, Vernooij MW, Turner ST, Schmidt R, Wardlaw JM, Psaty BM, Mosley TH, DeCarli CS, Saykin AJ, Bowden DW, Becker DM, Deary IJ, Schmidt H, Kardia SLR, Ikram MA, Debette S, Grabe HJ, Longstreth WT, Seshadri S, Launer LJ, Fornage M. Exome Chip Analysis Identifies Low-Frequency and Rare Variants in MRPL38 for White Matter Hyperintensities on Brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Stroke. 2018 Aug; 49(8):1812-1819. PMID: 30002152.

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  • Published on 5/29/2018

    Naj AC, Lin H, Vardarajan BN, White S, Lancour D, Ma Y, Schmidt M, Sun F, Butkiewicz M, Bush WS, Kunkle BW, Malamon J, Amin N, Choi SH, Hamilton-Nelson KL, van der Lee SJ, Gupta N, Koboldt DC, Saad M, Wang B, Nato AQ, Sohi HK, Kuzma A, Wang LS, Adrienne Cupples L, van Duijn C, Seshadri S, Schellenberg GD, Boerwinkle E, Bis JC, Dupuis J, Salerno WJ, Wijsman EM, Martin ER, DeStefano AL. Quality control and integration of genotypes from two calling pipelines for whole genome sequence data in the Alzheimer's disease sequencing project. Genomics. 2018 May 29. PMID: 29857119.

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  • Published on 3/13/2018

    Vardarajan BN, Barral S, Jaworski J, Beecham GW, Blue E, Tosto G, Reyes-Dumeyer D, Medrano M, Lantigua R, Naj A, Thornton T, DeStefano A, Martin E, Wang LS, Brown L, Bush W, van Duijn C, Goate A, Farrer L, Haines JL, Boerwinkle E, Schellenberg G, Wijsman E, Pericak-Vance MA, Mayeux R, Wang LS. Whole genome sequencing of Caribbean Hispanic families with late-onset Alzheimer's disease. Ann Clin Transl Neurol. 2018 Apr; 5(4):406-417. PMID: 29688227.

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  • Published on 3/12/2018

    Malik R, Chauhan G, Traylor M, Sargurupremraj M, Okada Y, Mishra A, Rutten-Jacobs L, Giese AK, van der Laan SW, Gretarsdottir S, Anderson CD, Chong M, Adams HHH, Ago T, Almgren P, Amouyel P, Ay H, Bartz TM, Benavente OR, Bevan S, Boncoraglio GB, Brown RD, Butterworth AS, Carrera C, Carty CL, Chasman DI, Chen WM, Cole JW, Correa A, Cotlarciuc I, Cruchaga C, Danesh J, de Bakker PIW, DeStefano AL, den Hoed M, Duan Q, Engelter ST, Falcone GJ, Gottesman RF, Grewal RP, Gudnason V, Gustafsson S, Haessler J, Harris TB, Hassan A, Havulinna AS, Heckbert SR, Holliday EG, Howard G, Hsu FC, Hyacinth HI, Ikram MA, Ingelsson E, Irvin MR, Jian X, Jiménez-Conde J, Johnson JA, Jukema JW, Kanai M, Keene KL, Kissela BM, Kleindorfer DO, Kooperberg C, Kubo M, Lange LA, Langefeld CD, Langenberg C, Launer LJ, Lee JM, Lemmens R, Leys D, Lewis CM, Lin WY, Lindgren AG, Lorentzen E, Magnusson PK, Maguire J, Manichaikul A, McArdle PF, Meschia JF, Mitchell BD, Mosley TH, Nalls MA, Ninomiya T, O'Donnell MJ, Psaty BM, Pulit SL, Rannikmäe K, Reiner AP, Rexrode KM, Rice K, Rich SS, Ridker PM, Rost NS, Rothwell PM, Rotter JI, Rundek T, Sacco RL, Sakaue S, Sale MM, Salomaa V, Sapkota BR, Schmidt R, Schmidt CO, Schminke U, Sharma P, Slowik A, Sudlow CLM, Tanislav C, Tatlisumak T, Taylor KD, Thijs VNS, Thorleifsson G, Thorsteinsdottir U, Tiedt S, Trompet S, Tzourio C, van Duijn CM, Walters M, Wareham NJ, Wassertheil-Smoller S, Wilson JG, Wiggins KL, Yang Q, Yusuf S, Bis JC, Pastinen T, Ruusalepp A, Schadt EE, Koplev S, Björkegren JLM, Codoni V, Civelek M, Smith NL, Trégouët DA, Christophersen IE, Roselli C, Lubitz SA, Ellinor PT, Tai ES, Kooner JS, Kato N, He J, van der Harst P, Elliott P, Chambers JC, Takeuchi F, Johnson AD, Sanghera DK, Melander O, Jern C, Strbian D, Fernandez-Cadenas I, Longstreth WT, Rolfs A, Hata J, Woo D, Rosand J, Pare G, Hopewell JC, Saleheen D, Stefansson K, Worrall BB, Kittner SJ, Seshadri S, Fornage M, Markus HS, Howson JMM, Kamatani Y, Debette S, Dichgans M, Malik R, Chauhan G, Traylor M, Sargurupremraj M, Okada Y, Mishra A, Rutten-Jacobs L, Giese AK, van der Laan SW, Gretarsdottir S, Anderson CD, Chong M, Adams HHH, Ago T, Almgren P, Amouyel P, Ay H, Bartz TM, Benavente OR, Bevan S, Boncoraglio GB, Brown RD, Butterworth AS, Carrera C, Carty CL, Chasman DI, Chen WM, Cole JW, Correa A, Cotlarciuc I, Cruchaga C, Danesh J, de Bakker PIW, DeStefano AL, Hoed MD, Duan Q, Engelter ST, Falcone GJ, Gottesman RF, Grewal RP, Gudnason V, Gustafsson S, Haessler J, Harris TB, Hassan A, Havulinna AS, Heckbert SR, Holliday EG, Howard G, Hsu FC, Hyacinth HI, Ikram MA, Ingelsson E, Irvin MR, Jian X, Jiménez-Conde J, Johnson JA, Jukema JW, Kanai M, Keene KL, Kissela BM, Kleindorfer DO, Kooperberg C, Kubo M, Lange LA, Langefeld CD, Langenberg C, Launer LJ, Lee JM, Lemmens R, Leys D, Lewis CM, Lin WY, Lindgren AG, Lorentzen E, Magnusson PK, Maguire J, Manichaikul A, McArdle PF, Meschia JF, Mitchell BD, Mosley TH, Nalls MA, Ninomiya T, O'Donnell MJ, Psaty BM, Pulit SL, Rannikmäe K, Reiner AP, Rexrode KM, Rice K, Rich SS, Ridker PM, Rost NS, Rothwell PM, Rotter JI, Rundek T, Sacco RL, Sakaue S, Sale MM, Salomaa V, Sapkota BR, Schmidt R, Schmidt CO, Schminke U, Sharma P, Slowik A, Sudlow CLM, Tanislav C, Tatlisumak T, Taylor KD, Thijs VNS, Thorleifsson G, Thorsteinsdottir U, Tiedt S, Trompet S, Tzourio C, van Duijn CM, Walters M, Wareham NJ, Wassertheil-Smoller S, Wilson JG, Wiggins KL, Yang Q, Yusuf S, Amin N, Aparicio HS, Arnett DK, Attia J, Beiser AS, Berr C, Buring JE, Bustamante M, Caso V, Cheng YC, Choi SH, Chowhan A, Cullell N, Dartigues JF, Delavaran H, Delgado P, Dörr M, Engström G, Ford I, Gurpreet WS, Hamsten A, Heitsch L, Hozawa A, Ibanez L, Ilinca A, Ingelsson M, Iwasaki M, Jackson RD, Jood K, Jousilahti P, Kaffashian S, Kalra L, Kamouchi M, Kitazono T, Kjartansson O, Kloss M, Koudstaal PJ, Krupinski J, Labovitz DL, Laurie CC, Levi CR, Li L, Lind L, Lindgren CM, Lioutas V, Liu YM, Lopez OL, Makoto H, Martinez-Majander N, Matsuda K, et al. Multiancestry genome-wide association study of 520,000 subjects identifies 32 loci associated with stroke and stroke subtypes. Nat Genet. 2018 Apr; 50(4):524-537. PMID: 29531354.

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  • Published on 2/27/2018

    Blue EE, Bis JC, Dorschner MO, Tsuang DW, Barral SM, Beecham G, Below JE, Bush WS, Butkiewicz M, Cruchaga C, DeStefano A, Farrer LA, Goate A, Haines J, Jaworski J, Jun G, Kunkle B, Kuzma A, Lee JJ, Lunetta KL, Ma Y, Martin E, Naj A, Nato AQ, Navas P, Nguyen H, Reitz C, Reyes D, Salerno W, Schellenberg GD, Seshadri S, Sohi H, Thornton TA, Valadares O, van Duijn C, Vardarajan BN, Wang LS, Boerwinkle E, Dupuis J, Pericak-Vance MA, Mayeux R, Wijsman EM. Genetic Variation in Genes Underlying Diverse Dementias May Explain a Small Proportion of Cases in the Alzheimer's Disease Sequencing Project. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord. 2018; 45(1-2):1-17. PMID: 29486463.

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  • Published on 12/27/2017

    Sarnowski C, Satizabal CL, DeCarli C, Pitsillides AN, Cupples LA, Vasan RS, Wilson JG, Bis JC, Fornage M, Beiser AS, DeStefano AL, Dupuis J, Seshadri S. Whole genome sequence analyses of brain imaging measures in the Framingham Study. Neurology. 2018 Jan 16; 90(3):e188-e196. PMID: 29282330.

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