Serkalem Demissie, PhD

Associate Professor, Biostatistics
Serkalem Demissie
(617) 638-5249demissie@bu.edu
Crosstown Center – 315
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Biography

Serkalem Demissie, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Biostatistics. Serkalem has over 10 years of statistical and computing experience. She has collaborated in a variety of research projects, including clinical trials, genetic studies, and observational studies of breast cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. She is currently collaborating in several epidemiological and genetic studies in Framingham Heart Study that examine environmental and genetic risk factors of bone mineral density and bone structural geometry, biological aging, plasma lipids, and cardiovascular diseases.  With respect to quantitative research, her interests include methods for genome-wide association studies (GWAs); multivariate and interaction analyses (epistasis or gene-gene and gene-environment interactions); and methods for population stratification and admixture.

Education

  • Boston University, PhD
  • Boston University, MPH
  • Addis Ababa University, BSc

Publications

  • Published on 1/1/2017

    Hedman ÅK, Mendelson MM, Marioni RE, Gustafsson S, Joehanes R, Irvin MR, Zhi D, Sandling JK, Yao C, Liu C, Liang L, Huan T, McRae AF, Demissie S, Shah S, Starr JM, Cupples LA, Deloukas P, Spector TD, Sundström J, Krauss RM, Arnett DK, Deary IJ, Lind L, Levy D, Ingelsson E. Epigenetic Patterns in Blood Associated With Lipid Traits Predict Incident Coronary Heart Disease Events and Are Enriched for Results From Genome-Wide Association Studies. Circ Cardiovasc Genet. 2017 Jan; 10(1). PMID: 28213390.

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  • Published on 12/1/2016

    Hsu YH, Li G, Liu CT, Brody JA, Karasik D, Chou WC, Demissie S, Nandakumar K, Zhou Y, Cheng CH, Gill R, Gibbs RA, Muzny D, Santibanez J, Estrada K, Rivadeneira F, Harris T, Gudnason V, Uitterlinden A, Psaty BM, Robbins JA, Adrienne Cupples L, Kiel DP. Targeted sequencing of genome wide significant loci associated with bone mineral density (BMD) reveals significant novel and rare variants: the Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology (CHARGE) targeted sequencing study. Hum Mol Genet. 2016 Dec 01; 25(23):5234-5243. PMID: 27616567.

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  • Published on 10/26/2016

    Karasik D, Demissie S, Zhou Y, Lu D, Broe KE, Bouxsein ML, Cupples LA, Kiel DP. Heritability and Genetic Correlations for Bone Microarchitecture: The Framingham Study Families. J Bone Miner Res. 2017 Jan; 32(1):106-114. PMID: 27419666.

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  • Published on 9/6/2016

    Yau MS, Demissie S, Zhou Y, Anderson DE, Lorbergs AL, Kiel DP, Allaire BT, Yang L, Cupples LA, Travison TG, Bouxsein ML, Karasik D, Samelson EJ. Heritability of Thoracic Spine Curvature and Genetic Correlations With Other Spine Traits: The Framingham Study. J Bone Miner Res. 2016 Dec; 31(12):2077-2084. PMID: 27455046.

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  • Published on 5/5/2016

    Smith JG, Felix JF, Morrison AC, Kalogeropoulos A, Trompet S, Wilk JB, Gidlöf O, Wang X, Morley M, Mendelson M, Joehanes R, Ligthart S, Shan X, Bis JC, Wang YA, Sjögren M, Ngwa J, Brandimarto J, Stott DJ, Aguilar D, Rice KM, Sesso HD, Demissie S, Buckley BM, Taylor KD, Ford I, Yao C, Liu C. Discovery of Genetic Variation on Chromosome 5q22 Associated with Mortality in Heart Failure. PLoS Genet. 2016 May; 12(5):e1006034. PMID: 27149122.

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  • Published on 4/1/2016

    van Leeuwen EM, Sabo A, Bis JC, Huffman JE, Manichaikul A, Smith AV, Feitosa MF, Demissie S, Joshi PK, Duan Q, Marten J, van Klinken JB, Surakka I, Nolte IM, Zhang W, Mbarek H, Li-Gao R, Trompet S, Verweij N, Evangelou E, Lyytikäinen LP, Tayo BO, Deelen J, van der Most PJ, van der Laan SW, Arking DE, Morrison A, Dehghan A, Franco OH, Hofman A, Rivadeneira F, Sijbrands EJ, Uitterlinden AG, Mychaleckyj JC, Campbell A, Hocking LJ, Padmanabhan S, Brody JA, Rice KM, White CC, Harris T, Isaacs A, Campbell H, Lange LA, Rudan I, Kolcic I, Navarro P, Zemunik T, Salomaa V. Meta-analysis of 49 549 individuals imputed with the 1000 Genomes Project reveals an exonic damaging variant in ANGPTL4 determining fasting TG levels. J Med Genet. 2016 Jul; 53(7):441-9. PMID: 27036123.

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  • Published on 3/7/2016

    Dehghan A, Bis JC, White CC, Smith AV, Morrison AC, Cupples LA, Trompet S, Chasman DI, Lumley T, Völker U, Buckley BM, Ding J, Jensen MK, Folsom AR, Kritchevsky SB, Girman CJ, Ford I, Dörr M, Salomaa V, Uitterlinden AG, Eiriksdottir G, Vasan RS, Franceschini N, Carty CL, Virtamo J, Demissie S, Amouyel P, Arveiler D, Heckbert SR, Ferrières J, Ducimetière P, Smith NL, Wang YA, Siscovick DS, Rice KM, Wiklund PG, Taylor KD, Evans A, Kee F, Rotter JI, Karvanen J, Kuulasmaa K, Heiss G, Kraft P, Launer LJ, Hofman A, Markus MR, Rose LM, Silander K, Wagner P, Benjamin EJ, Lohman K, Stott DJ, Rivadeneira F, Harris TB, Levy D, Liu Y, Rimm EB, Jukema JW, Völzke H, Ridker PM, Blankenberg S, Franco OH, Gudnason V, Psaty BM, Boerwinkle E, O'Donnell CJ. Genome-Wide Association Study for Incident Myocardial Infarction and Coronary Heart Disease in Prospective Cohort Studies: The CHARGE Consortium. PLoS One. 2016; 11(3):e0144997. PMID: 26950853.

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  • Published on 10/30/2015

    Bis JC, Sitlani C, Irvin R, Avery CL, Smith AV, Sun F, Evans DS, Musani SK, Li X, Trompet S, Krijthe BP, Harris TB, Quibrera PM, Brody JA, Demissie S, Davis BR, Wiggins KL, Tranah GJ, Lange LA, Sotoodehnia N, Stott DJ, Franco OH, Launer LJ, Stürmer T, Taylor KD, Cupples LA, Eckfeldt JH, Smith NL, Liu Y, Wilson JG, Heckbert SR, Buckley BM, Ikram MA, Boerwinkle E, Chen YD, de Craen AJ, Uitterlinden AG, Rotter JI, Ford I, Hofman A, Sattar N, Slagboom PE, Westendorp RG, Gudnason V, Vasan RS, Lumley T, Cummings SR, Taylor HA, Post W, Jukema JW, Stricker BH, Whitsel EA, Psaty BM, Arnett D. Drug-Gene Interactions of Antihypertensive Medications and Risk of Incident Cardiovascular Disease: A Pharmacogenomics Study from the CHARGE Consortium. PLoS One. 2015; 10(10):e0140496. PMID: 26516778.

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  • Published on 9/26/2014

    Walkey AJ, Demissie S, Shah D, Romero F, Puklin L, Summer RS. Plasma Adiponectin, clinical factors, and patient outcomes during the acute respiratory distress syndrome. PLoS One. 2014; 9(9):e108561. PMID: 25259893.

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  • Published on 2/6/2014

    Peloso GM, Auer PL, Bis JC, Voorman A, Morrison AC, Stitziel NO, Brody JA, Khetarpal SA, Crosby JR, Fornage M, Isaacs A, Jakobsdottir J, Feitosa MF, Davies G, Huffman JE, Manichaikul A, Davis B, Lohman K, Joon AY, Smith AV, Grove ML, Zanoni P, Redon V, Demissie S, Lawson K, Peters U, Carlson C, Jackson RD, Ryckman KK, Mackey RH, Robinson JG, Siscovick DS, Schreiner PJ, Mychaleckyj JC, Pankow JS, Hofman A, Uitterlinden AG, Harris TB, Taylor KD, Stafford JM, Reynolds LM, Marioni RE, Dehghan A, Franco OH, Patel AP, Lu Y, Hindy G, Gottesman O, Bottinger EP, Melander O, Orho-Melander M, Loos RJ, Duga S, Merlini PA, Farrall M, Goel A, Asselta R, Girelli D, Martinelli N, Shah SH, Kraus WE, Li M, Rader DJ, Reilly MP, McPherson R, Watkins H, Ardissino D. Association of low-frequency and rare coding-sequence variants with blood lipids and coronary heart disease in 56,000 whites and blacks. Am J Hum Genet. 2014 Feb 6; 94(2):223-32. PMID: 24507774.

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