Annette Molinaro, MA, PhD

Annette Molinaro, MA, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery and Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF

Phone: (415) 353-2136
Box 0112 , UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-0112

View on UCSF Profiles

Cancer Center Membership

Program Member » Neurologic Oncology

Research Summary

My research interests are primarily focused on statistical methods and implementation in piecewise constant estimation for prediction, survival analysis, classification, and cancer epidemiology, as in the estimation of absolute risk in subsample case-control studies. I have over ninety publications in addition to authoring two book chapters and several freely available software packages for the analysis of high-dimensional data. I am an elected member of the International Statistical Institute and an Associate Editor for NeuroOncology Practice. I am the PI of an NCI-funded R01 to develop statistical methods for risk prediction in cancer. Until 2009, I was the PI of an NCI-funded career award (K22 CA123146) for developing statistical methods for predicting survival outcomes based on genomic data, as well as the PI of a Yale Skin SPORE Career Development Award. I was also PI for a Scholar’s Award granted by the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation’s Clinical and Translational Science Award, as well as the Co-Director of the Bioinformatics/Biostatistics CORE for the Yale Skin SPORE. I also served as the statistical consultant for the UCSF SPORE in Breast Cancer for over ten years. In my current roles as the Director of Biostatistics for the UCSF Brain SPORE and P01, I advise study design and modeling, as well as analyze data from all seven projects including imaging, genetics, genomics, and immunology.


Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL BS, 05/92, Statistics
University of California, Berkeley, CA, MA, 05/00, Biostatistics
University of California, Berkeley, CA, PhD, 01/04, Biostatistics
National Cancer Institute, Rockville, MD, 06/04-06/05, Cancer Prevention / Biostatistics

Professional Experience

  • 1998 - 2004
    Research Assistant, Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCSF, CA.
  • 1999 - 1999
    Instructor, Statistics and Biostatistics Departments, University of California, Berkeley, CA.
  • 1999 - 2005
    Biostatistician, Department of Medicine, UCSF.
  • 2000
    Instructor, Health Careers Opportunity Program, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.
  • 2004 - 2005
    Cancer Prevention Fellow, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Rockville, MD.
  • 2005 - 2011
    Assistant Professor, Division of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.
  • 2011 - 2012
    Associate Visiting Professor, Division of Biostatistics, Yale University
  • 2011 - present
    Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery and Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF

Honors & Awards

  • 2004
    Evelyn Fix Prize, UC Berkeley.
  • 2004
    Chin Long Chiang Biostatistics Student of the Year, UC Berkeley.
  • 2006
    Elected member of the International Statistical Institute
  • 2008
    Excellence in Teaching Award, Yale School of Public Health
  • 2009
    Selected as a Yale Center for Clinical Investigation Scholar

Selected Publications

  1. Mazor T, Pankov A, Johnson BE, Hong C, Hamilton EG, Bell RJ, Smirnov IV, Reis GF, Phillips JJ, Barnes MJ, Idbaih A, Alentorn A, Kloezeman JJ, Lamfers ML, Bollen AW, Taylor BS, Molinaro AM, Olshen AB, Chang SM, Song JS, Costello JF. DNA Methylation and Somatic Mutations Converge on the Cell Cycle and Define Similar Evolutionary Histories in Brain Tumors. Cancer Cell. 2015 Sep 14; 28(3):307-17.
    View on PubMed
  2. Racine CA, Li J, Molinaro AM, Butowski N, Berger MS. Neurocognitive Function in Newly Diagnosed Low-grade Glioma Patients Undergoing Surgical Resection With Awake Mapping Techniques. Neurosurgery. 2015 Sep; 77(3):371-9.
    View on PubMed
  3. Han SJ, Rutledge WC, Molinaro AM, Chang SM, Clarke JL, Prados MD, Taylor JW, Berger MS, Butowski NA. The Effect of Timing of Concurrent Chemoradiation in Patients With Newly Diagnosed Glioblastoma. Neurosurgery. 2015 Aug; 77(2):248-53.
    View on PubMed
  4. Han SJ, Englot DJ, Birk H, Molinaro AM, Chang SM, Clarke JL, Prados MD, Taylor JW, Berger MS, Butowski NA. Impact of Timing of Concurrent Chemoradiation for Newly Diagnosed Glioblastoma: A Critical Review of Current Evidence. Neurosurgery. 2015 Aug; 62 Suppl 1:160-5.
    View on PubMed
  5. Eckel-Passow JE, Lachance DH, Molinaro AM, Walsh KM, Decker PA, Sicotte H, Pekmezci M, Rice T, Kosel ML, Smirnov IV, Sarkar G, Caron AA, Kollmeyer TM, Praska CE, Chada AR, Halder C, Hansen HM, McCoy LS, Bracci PM, Marshall R, Zheng S, Reis GF, Pico AR, O'Neill BP, Buckner JC, Giannini C, Huse JT, Perry A, Tihan T, Berger MS, Chang SM, Prados MD, Wiemels J, Wiencke JK, Wrensch MR, Jenkins RB. Glioma Groups Based on 1p/19q, IDH, and TERT Promoter Mutations in Tumors. N Engl J Med. 2015 Jun 25; 372(26):2499-508.
    View on PubMed
  6. Walsh KM, Wiencke JK, Lachance DH, Wiemels JL, Molinaro AM, Eckel-Passow JE, Jenkins RB, Wrensch MR. Telomere maintenance and the etiology of adult glioma. Neuro Oncol. 2015 May 25.
    View on PubMed
  7. Breshears JD, Molinaro AM, Chang EF. A probabilistic map of the human ventral sensorimotor cortex using electrical stimulation. J Neurosurg. 2015 Aug; 123(2):340-9.
    View on PubMed
  8. Sneed PK, Mendez J, Vemer-van den Hoek JG, Seymour ZA, Ma L, Molinaro AM, Fogh SE, Nakamura JL, McDermott MW. Adverse radiation effect after stereotactic radiosurgery for brain metastases: incidence, time course, and risk factors. J Neurosurg. 2015 Aug; 123(2):373-86.
    View on PubMed
  9. Reis GF, Pekmezci M, Hansen HM, Rice T, Marshall RE, Molinaro AM, Phillips JJ, Vogel H, Wiencke JK, Wrensch MR, Walsh KM, Perry A. CDKN2A Loss Is Associated With Shortened Overall Survival in Lower-Grade (World Health Organization Grades II-III) Astrocytomas. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol. 2015 May; 74(5):442-52.
    View on PubMed
  10. Prados MD, Byron SA, Tran NL, Phillips JJ, Molinaro AM, Ligon KL, Wen PY, Kuhn JG, Mellinghoff IK, de Groot JF, Colman H, Cloughesy TF, Chang SM, Ryken TC, Tembe WD, Kiefer JA, Berens ME, Craig DW, Carpten JD, Trent JM. Toward precision medicine in glioblastoma: the promise and the challenges. Neuro Oncol. 2015 Aug; 17(8):1051-63.
    View on PubMed
  11. Hervey-Jumper SL, Li J, Lau D, Molinaro AM, Perry DW, Meng L, Berger MS. Awake craniotomy to maximize glioma resection: methods and technical nuances over a 27-year period. J Neurosurg. 2015 Aug; 123(2):325-39.
    View on PubMed
  12. Molinaro AM, Ferrucci LM, Cartmel B, Loftfield E, Leffell DJ, Bale AE, Mayne ST. Indoor Tanning and the MC1R Genotype: Risk Prediction for Basal Cell Carcinoma Risk in Young People. Am J Epidemiol. 2015 Jun 1; 181(11):908-16.
    View on PubMed
  13. van Thuijl HF, Mazor T, Johnson BE, Fouse SD, Aihara K, Hong C, Malmström A, Hallbeck M, Heimans JJ, Kloezeman JJ, Stenmark-Askmalm M, Lamfers ML, Saito N, Aburatani H, Mukasa A, Berger MS, Söderkvist P, Taylor BS, Molinaro AM, Wesseling P, Reijneveld JC, Chang SM, Ylstra B, Costello JF. Evolution of DNA repair defects during malignant progression of low-grade gliomas after temozolomide treatment. Acta Neuropathol. 2015 Apr; 129(4):597-607.
    View on PubMed
  14. Chen J, Hackett CS, Zhang S, Song YK, Bell RJ, Molinaro AM, Quigley DA, Balmain A, Song JS, Costello JF, Gustafson WC, Van Dyke T, Kwok PY, Khan J, Weiss WA. The genetics of splicing in neuroblastoma. Cancer Discov. 2015 Apr; 5(4):380-95.
    View on PubMed
  15. Claus EB, Walsh KM, Wiencke JK, Molinaro AM, Wiemels JL, Schildkraut JM, Bondy ML, Berger M, Jenkins R, Wrensch M. Survival and low-grade glioma: the emergence of genetic information. Neurosurg Focus. 2015 Jan; 38(1):E6.
    View on PubMed
  16. Cheng JS, Salinas R, Molinaro A, Chang EF, Kunwar S, Blevins L, Aghi MK. A predictive algorithm for evaluating elevated serum prolactin in patients with a sellar mass. J Clin Neurosci. 2015 Jan; 22(1):155-60.
    View on PubMed
  17. Englot DJ, Raygor KP, Molinaro AM, Garcia PA, Knowlton RC, Auguste KI, Chang EF. Factors associated with failed focal neocortical epilepsy surgery. Neurosurgery. 2014 Dec; 75(6):648-56.
    View on PubMed
  18. Zhang Y, Ferrucci LM, Cartmel B, Molinaro AM, Leffell DJ, Bale AE, Mayne ST. Alcohol intake and early-onset basal cell carcinoma in a case-control study. Br J Dermatol. 2014 Dec; 171(6):1451-7.
    View on PubMed
  19. Moore CL, Daniels B, Ghita M, Gunabushanam G, Luty S, Molinaro AM, Singh D, Gross CP. Accuracy of reduced-dose computed tomography for ureteral stones in emergency department patients. Ann Emerg Med. 2015 Feb; 65(2):189-198.e2.
    View on PubMed
  20. Wen Q, Jalilian L, Lupo JM, Molinaro AM, Chang SM, Clarke J, Prados M, Nelson SJ. Comparison of ADC metrics and their association with outcome for patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma being treated with radiation therapy, temozolomide, erlotinib and bevacizumab. J Neurooncol. 2015 Jan; 121(2):331-9.
    View on PubMed

Go to UCSF Profiles, powered by CTSI