Blum-Riese Professor
Chair, Department of Human Genetics
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Committee on Genetics, Genomics, and Systems Biology
Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1979
B.A., George Washington University, 1972
University of Chicago 920 E. 58th St. CLSC 425 Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: (773) 834-0735
Fax: (773) 834-0505
 

Research Description

The research goals of my laboratory are to identify genetic variants that influence gene expression in tissues relevant to complex phenotypes and common diseases, in particular those related to asthma, chronic rhinosinutsitis (CRS), and fertility and parturition. To this end we are using both freshly isolated cells and tissues and cell culture models of gene-environment interactions to dissect the genetic architecture of common diseases. Our studies are conducted in founder populations, the Hutterites of South Dakota and the Amish or northern Indiana, in U.S. and European birth cohorts, and in patient populations from Chicago.

 

Selected Publications

Ethnic-specific associations of rare and low frequency DNA sequence variants with asthma. Nature communications.
Igartua C, Myers RA, Mathias RA, Pino-Yanes M, Eng C, Graves PE, Levin AM, Del-Rio-Navarro BE, Jackson DJ, Livne OE, Rafaels N, Edlund CK, Yang JJ, Huntsman S, Salam MT, Romieu I, Mourad R, Gern JE, Lemanske RF, Wyss A, Hoppin JA, Barnes KC, Burchard EG, Gauderman WJ, Martinez FD, Raby BA, Weiss ST, Williams LK, London SJ, Gilliland FD, Nicolae DL, Ober C.
(2015 Jan) Nat. Communications. In Press

Genome-wide association study of lung function phenotypes in a founder population.
Yao TC, Du G, Han L, Sun Y, Hu D, Yang JJ, Mathias R, Roth LA, Rafaels N, Thompson EE, Loisel DA, Anderson R, Eng C, Arruabarrena Orbegozo M, Young M, Klocksieben JM, Anderson E, Shanovich K, Lester LA, Williams LK, Barnes KC, Burchard EG, Nicolae DL, Abney M, Ober C
(2014 Jan) J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2014 Jan;133(1):248-55.e1-10. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2013.06.018. Epub 2013 Aug 6. 23932459 (Full Text)

Genome-wide interaction studies reveal sex-specific asthma risk alleles.
Myers RA, Scott NM, Gauderman WJ, Qiu W, Mathias RA, Romieu I, Levin AM, Pino-Yanes M, Graves PE, Villarreal AB, Beaty TH, Carey VJ, Croteau-Chonka DC, del Rio Navarro B, Edlund C, Hernandez-Cadena L, Navarro-Olivos E, Padhukasahasram B, Salam MT, Torgerson DG, Van den Berg DJ, Vora H, Bleecker ER, Meyers DA, Williams LK, Martinez FD, Burchard EG, Barnes KC, Gilliland FD, Weiss ST, London SJ, Raby BA, Ober C, Nicolae DL
(2014 Oct) Hum Mol Genet. 2014 Oct 1;23(19):5251-9. doi: 10.1093/hmg/ddu222. Epub 2014 May 13. 24824216

Seasonal variation in human gut microbiome composition.
Davenport ER, Mizrahi-Man O, Michelini K, Barreiro LB, Ober C, Gilad Y
(2014) PLoS One. 2014 Mar 11;9(3):e90731. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0090731. eCollection 2014. 24618913 (Full Text)

Evolutionary forward genomics reveals novel insights into the genes and pathways dysregulated in recurrent early pregnancy loss.
Kosova G, Stephenson MD, Lynch VJ, Ober C
(2015 Jan) Hum Reprod. 2015 Jan 12. pii: deu355. 25586782

Maternal asthma and microRNA regulation of soluble HLA-G in the airway.
Nicodemus-Johnson J, Laxman B, Stern RK, Sudi J, Tierney CN, Norwick L, Hogarth DK, McConville JF, Naureckas ET, Sperling AI, Solway J, Krishnan JA, Nicolae DL, White SR, Ober C
(2013 Jun) J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2013 Jun;131(6):1496-503. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2013.01.037. Epub 2013 Mar 25. 23534973 (Full Text)

Rhinovirus wheezing illness and genetic risk of childhood-onset asthma.
Caliskan M, Bochkov YA, Kreiner-Moller E, Bonnelykke K, Stein MM, Du G, Bisgaard H, Jackson DJ, Gern JE, Lemanske RF Jr, Nicolae DL, Ober C
(2013 Apr) N Engl J Med. 2013 Apr 11;368(15):1398-407. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1211592. Epub 2013 Mar 27. 23534543 (Full Text)

A population-based study of autosomal-recessive disease-causing mutations in a founder population.
Chong JX, Ouwenga R, Anderson RL, Waggoner DJ, Ober C
(2012 Oct) Am J Hum Genet. 2012 Oct 5;91(4):608-20. doi: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2012.08.007. Epub 2012 Sep 13. 22981120 (Full Text)

Meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies of asthma in ethnically diverse North American populations.
Torgerson DG, Ampleford EJ, Chiu GY, Gauderman WJ, Gignoux CR, Graves PE, Himes BE, Levin AM, Mathias RA, Hancock DB, Baurley JW, Eng C, Stern DA, Celedon JC, Rafaels N, Capurso D, Conti DV, Roth LA, Soto-Quiros M, Togias A, Li X, Myers RA, Romieu I, Van Den Berg DJ, Hu D, Hansel NN, Hernandez RD, Israel E, Salam MT, Galanter J, Avila PC, Avila L, Rodriquez-Santana JR, Chapela R, Rodriguez-Cintron W, Diette GB, Adkinson NF, Abel RA, Ross KD, Shi M, Faruque MU, Dunston GM, Watson HR, Mantese VJ, Ezurum SC, Liang L, Ruczinski I, Ford JG, Huntsman S, Chung KF, Vora H, Li X, Calhoun WJ, Castro M, Sienra-Monge JJ, del Rio-Navarro B, Deichmann KA, Heinzmann A, Wenzel SE, Busse WW, Gern JE, Lemanske RF Jr, Beaty TH, Bleecker ER, Raby BA, Meyers DA, London SJ, Gilliland FD, Burchard EG, Martinez FD, Weiss ST, Williams LK, Barnes KC, Ober C, Nicolae DL
(2011 Sep) Nat Genet. 2011 Jul 31;43(9):887-92. doi: 10.1038/ng.888. 21804549 (Full Text)