Kathryn L. Lunetta, PhD

Professor, Biostatistics
Kathryn Lunetta
(617) 414-2837klunetta@bu.edu
Crosstown Center – CT313
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Kathryn L. Lunetta, Ph.D. joined the Department of Biostatistics in the fall of 2004 as an Associate Professor. Prior to her arrival, she held positions in the biotechnology industry, and was on the faculty in the Biostatistics department at the Harvard School of Public Health and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Lunetta’s research focuses on statistical problems and study design and analysis issues in human genetics, particularly in the mapping of complex genetic diseases. Dr. Lunetta collaborates as a statistical geneticist on several projects studying the genetic components of complex traits such as Huntington Disease, cardiovascular disease, and successful aging/longevity.


  • Grinnell College, BA
  • University of Michigan, MS
  • University of Michigan, PhD

Classes Taught

  • SPHBS858
  • SPHBS980
  • SPHBS980


  • Published on 4/6/2016

    Hong J, Lunetta KL, Cupples LA, Dupuis J, Liu CT. Evaluation of a Two-Stage Approach in Trans-Ethnic Meta-Analysis in Genome-Wide Association Studies. Genet Epidemiol. 2016 May; 40(4):284-92. PMID: 27061095.

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  • Published on 3/21/2016

    Demirkan A, Lahti J, Direk N, Viktorin A, Lunetta KL, Terracciano A, Nalls MA, Tanaka T, Hek K, Fornage M, Wellmann J, Cornelis MC, Ollila HM, Yu L, Smith JA, Pilling LC, Isaacs A, Palotie A, Zhuang WV, Zonderman A, Faul JD, Sutin A, Meirelles O, Mulas A, Hofman A, Uitterlinden A, Rivadeneira F, Perola M, Zhao W, Salomaa V, Yaffe K, Luik AI. Somatic, positive and negative domains of the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression (CES-D) scale: a meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies. Psychol Med. 2016 Jun; 46(8):1613-23. PMID: 26997408.

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  • Published on 3/1/2016

    Pilling LC, Atkins JL, Bowman K, Jones SE, Tyrrell J, Beaumont RN, Ruth KS, Tuke MA, Yaghootkar H, Wood AR, Freathy RM, Murray A, Weedon MN, Xue L, Lunetta K, Murabito JM, Harries LW, Robine JM, Brayne C, Kuchel GA, Ferrucci L, Frayling TM, Melzer D. Human longevity is influenced by many genetic variants: evidence from 75,000 UK Biobank participants. Aging (Albany NY). 2016 Mar; 8(3):547-63. PMID: 27015805.

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  • Published on 1/7/2016

    Ruiz-Narváez EA, Haddad SA, Lunetta KL, Yao S, Bensen JT, Sucheston-Campbell LE, Hong CC, Haiman CA, Olshan AF, Ambrosone CB, Palmer JR. Gene-based analysis of the fibroblast growth factor receptor signaling pathway in relation to breast cancer in African American women: the AMBER consortium. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2016 Jan; 155(2):355-63. PMID: 26743380.

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  • Published on 12/31/2015

    Bethea TN, Rosenberg L, Castro-Webb N, Lunetta KL, Sucheston-Campbell LE, Ruiz-Narváez EA, Charlot M, Park SY, Bandera EV, Troester MA, Ambrosone CB, Palmer JR. Family History of Cancer in Relation to Breast Cancer Subtypes in African American Women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2016 Feb; 25(2):366-73. PMID: 26721669.

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  • Published on 12/28/2015

    Yao S, Haddad SA, Hu Q, Liu S, Lunetta KL, Ruiz-Narvaez EA, Hong CC, Zhu Q, Sucheston-Campbell L, Cheng TY, Bensen JT, Johnson CS, Trump DL, Haiman CA, Olshan AF, Palmer JR, Ambrosone CB. Genetic variations in vitamin D-related pathways and breast cancer risk in African American women in the AMBER consortium. Int J Cancer. 2016 May 1; 138(9):2118-26. PMID: 26650177.

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  • Published on 12/17/2015

    Lunetta KL, Day FR, Sulem P, Ruth KS, Tung JY, Hinds DA, Esko T, Elks CE, Altmaier E, He C, Huffman JE, Mihailov E, Porcu E, Robino A, Rose LM, Schick UM, Stolk L, Teumer A, Thompson DJ, Traglia M, Wang CA, Yerges-Armstrong LM, Antoniou AC, Barbieri C, Coviello AD, Cucca F, Demerath EW, Dunning AM, Gandin I, Grove ML, Gudbjartsson DF, Hocking LJ, Hofman A, Huang J, Jackson RD, Karasik D, Kriebel J, Lange EM, Lange LA, Langenberg C, Li X, Luan J, Mägi R, Morrison AC, Padmanabhan S, Pirie A, Polasek O, Porteous D, Reiner AP, Rivadeneira F, Rudan I, Sala CF, Schlessinger D, Scott RA, Stöckl D, Visser JA, Völker U, Vozzi D, Wilson JG, Zygmunt M, Boerwinkle E, Buring JE, Crisponi L, Easton DF, Hayward C, Hu FB, Liu S, Metspalu A, Pennell CE, Ridker PM, Strauch K, Streeten EA, Toniolo D, Uitterlinden AG, Ulivi S, Völzke H, Wareham NJ, Wellons M, Franceschini N, Chasman DI, Thorsteinsdottir U, Murray A, Stefansson K, Murabito JM, Ong KK, Perry JR. Corrigendum: Rare coding variants and X-linked loci associated with age at menarche. Nat Commun. 2015; 6:10257. PMID: 26674845.

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  • Published on 11/16/2015

    Cheng TY, Ambrosone CB, Hong CC, Lunetta KL, Liu S, Hu Q, Yao S, Sucheston-Campbell L, Bandera EV, Ruiz-Narváez EA, Haddad S, Troester MA, Haiman CA, Bensen JT, Olshan AF, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L. Genetic variants in the mTOR pathway and breast cancer risk in African American women. Carcinogenesis. 2016 Jan; 37(1):49-55. PMID: 26577839.

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  • Published on 11/1/2015

    Ghani M, Reitz C, Cheng R, Vardarajan BN, Jun G, Sato C, Naj A, Rajbhandary R, Wang LS, Valladares O, Lin CF, Larson EB, Graff-Radford NR, Evans D, De Jager PL, Crane PK, Buxbaum JD, Murrell JR, Raj T, Ertekin-Taner N, Logue M, Baldwin CT, Green RC, Barnes LL, Cantwell LB, Fallin MD, Go RC, Griffith PA, Obisesan TO, Manly JJ, Lunetta KL, Kamboh MI, Lopez OL, Bennett DA, Hendrie H, Hall KS, Goate AM, Byrd GS, Kukull WA, Foroud TM, Haines JL, Farrer LA, Pericak-Vance MA, Lee JH, Schellenberg GD, St George-Hyslop P, Mayeux R, Rogaeva E. Association of Long Runs of Homozygosity With Alzheimer Disease Among African American Individuals. JAMA Neurol. 2015 Nov 1; 72(11):1313-23. PMID: 26366463.

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  • Published on 10/20/2015

    Pilling LC, Joehanes R, Kacprowski T, Peters M, Jansen R, Karasik D, Kiel DP, Harries LW, Teumer A, Powell J, Levy D, Lin H, Lunetta K, Munson P, Bandinelli S, Henley W, Hernandez D, Singleton A, Tanaka T, van Grootheest G, Hofman A, Uitterlinden AG, Biffar R, Gläser S, Homuth G, Malsch C, Völker U, Penninx B, van Meurs JB, Ferrucci L, Kocher T, Murabito J, Melzer D. Gene transcripts associated with muscle strength: a CHARGE meta-analysis of 7,781 persons. Physiol Genomics. 2016 Jan; 48(1):1-11. PMID: 26487704.

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