Neil J. Risch, PhD

Neil J. Risch, PhD

Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Director, Center for Human Genetics, UCSF
Lamond Family Foundation Distinguished Professorship in Human Genetics

Phone: (415) 476-1127 (voice)
Box 0794, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-0794

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California Institute of Technology, BS, 1972, Mathematics
Univ of Illinois at Urbana, MS, 1973, Mathematics
Univ of California, Los Angeles, PhD, 1979, Biomathematics

Professional Experience

  • 1972-1973
    Teaching Assistant in Mathematics, University of Illinois
  • 1973-1976
    Medical Statistician, Brentwood-Los Angeles VA Hospital
  • 1974-1975
    UCLA Regents Fellowship
  • 1975-1978
    NIH Genetics Traineeship, UCLA
  • 1979-1982
    Research Scientist, Dept. of Med. Genetics, New York State Psychiatric Institute
  • 1980-1981
    Research Associate, Dept. of Psychiatry, Columbia Univ. College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • 1981-1984
    Asst. Prof. of Public Health (Biostatistics) in Psychiatry, Columbia University
  • 1984-1987
    Asst. Prof. of Public Health (Biostatistics) and Genetics, Yale Univ. School of Medicine
  • 1987-1992
    Assoc. Prof. of Public Health (Biostatistics) and Genetics, Yale Univ. School of Medicine
  • 1992-1994
    Prof. of Public Health (Biostatistics) and Genetics, Yale Univ. School of Medicine
  • 1995-2004
    Prof. of Genetics, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • 1997-2004
    Prof. of Statistics (by courtesy), Stanford University
  • 2005-present
    Prof. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Lamond Family Foundation Distinguished Professorship in Human Genetics, UCSF

Honors & Awards

  • 1972
    University Fellow, University of Illinois
  • 1974
    UCLA Regents Fellow
  • 1978
    UCLA University Fellow
  • 1987
    NIH Research Career Development Award
  • 1987
    American Mental Health Fund Research Award
  • 1993
    Honorary Master of Arts Degree, Yale University
  • 2004
    Curt Stern Award, Amer Society of Human Genetics
  • 2005
    First Interviewee, PLoS Genetics

Selected Publications

  1. Hoffmann TJ, Sakoda LC, Shen L, Jorgenson E, Habel LA, Liu J, Kvale MN, Asgari MM, Banda Y, Corley D, Kushi LH, Quesenberry CP, Schaefer C, Van Den Eeden SK, Risch N, Witte JS. Imputation of the Rare HOXB13 G84E Mutation and Cancer Risk in a Large Population-Based Cohort. PLoS Genet. 2015 Jan; 11(1):e1004930.
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  2. Shetty PB, Tang H, Feng T, Tayo B, Morrison AC, Kardia SL, Hanis CL, Arnett DK, Hunt SC, Boerwinkle E, Rao DC, Cooper RS, Risch N, Zhu X. Variants for HDL-C, LDL-C, and Triglycerides Identified from Admixture Mapping and Fine-Mapping Analysis in African American Families. Circ Cardiovasc Genet. 2015 Feb; 8(1):106-13.
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  3. Risch N, Hoffmann TJ, Anderson M, Croen LA, Grether JK, Windham GC. Familial recurrence of autism spectrum disorder: evaluating genetic and environmental contributions. Am J Psychiatry. 2014 Nov 1; 171(11):1206-13.
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  4. Wall JD, Tang LF, Zerbe B, Kvale MN, Kwok PY, Schaefer C, Risch N. Estimating genotype error rates from high-coverage next-generation sequence data. Genome Res. 2014 Nov; 24(11):1734-9.
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  5. Hoffmann TJ, Windham GC, Anderson M, Croen LA, Grether JK, Risch N. Evidence of reproductive stoppage in families with autism spectrum disorder: a large, population-based cohort study. JAMA Psychiatry. 2014 Aug; 71(8):943-51.
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  6. Hoffmann TJ, Tang H, Thornton TA, Caan B, Haan M, Millen AE, Thomas F, Risch N. Genome-wide association and admixture analysis of glaucoma in the Women's Health Initiative. Hum Mol Genet. 2014 Dec 15; 23(24):6634-43.
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  7. Fears SC, Service SK, Kremeyer B, Araya C, Araya X, Bejarano J, Ramirez M, Castrillón G, Gomez-Franco J, Lopez MC, Montoya G, Montoya P, Aldana I, Teshiba TM, Abaryan Z, Al-Sharif NB, Ericson M, Jalbrzikowski M, Luykx JJ, Navarro L, Tishler TA, Altshuler L, Bartzokis G, Escobar J, Glahn DC, Ospina-Duque J, Risch N, Ruiz-Linares A, Thompson PM, Cantor RM, Lopez-Jaramillo C, Macaya G, Molina J, Reus VI, Sabatti C, Freimer NB, Bearden CE. Multisystem component phenotypes of bipolar disorder for genetic investigations of extended pedigrees. JAMA Psychiatry. 2014 Apr; 71(4):375-87.
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  8. Franceschini N, Fox E, Zhang Z, Edwards TL, Nalls MA, Sung YJ, Tayo BO, Sun YV, Gottesman O, Adeyemo A, Johnson AD, Young JH, Rice K, Duan Q, Chen F, Li Y, Tang H, Fornage M, Keene KL, Andrews JS, Smith JA, Faul JD, Guangfa Z, Guo W, Liu Y, Murray SS, Musani SK, Srinivasan S, Velez Edwards DR, Wang H, Becker LC, Bovet P, Bochud M, Broeckel U, Burnier M, Carty C, Chasman DI, Ehret G, Chen WM, Chen G, Chen W, Ding J, Dreisbach AW, Evans MK, Guo X, Garcia ME, Jensen R, Keller MF, Lettre G, Lotay V, Martin LW, Moore JH, Morrison AC, Mosley TH, Ogunniyi A, Palmas W, Papanicolaou G, Penman A, Polak JF, Ridker PM, Salako B, Singleton AB, Shriner D, Taylor KD, Vasan R, Wiggins K, Williams SM, Yanek LR, Zhao W, Zonderman AB, Becker DM, Berenson G, Boerwinkle E, Bottinger E, Cushman M, Eaton C, Nyberg F, Heiss G, Hirschhron JN, Howard VJ, Karczewsk KJ, Lanktree MB, Liu K, Liu Y, Loos R, Margolis K, Snyder M. Genome-wide association analysis of blood-pressure traits in African-ancestry individuals reveals common associated genes in African and non-African populations. Am J Hum Genet. 2013 Sep 5; 93(3):545-54.
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  9. Perez MV, Hoffmann TJ, Tang H, Thornton T, Stefanick ML, Larson JC, Kooperberg C, Reiner AP, Caan B, Iribarren C, Risch N. African American race but not genome-wide ancestry is negatively associated with atrial fibrillation among postmenopausal women in the Women's Health Initiative. Am Heart J. 2013 Sep; 166(3):566-72.
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  10. The epilepsy phenome/genome project. Clin Trials. 2013 Aug; 10(4):568-86.
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  11. Coram MA, Duan Q, Hoffmann TJ, Thornton T, Knowles JW, Johnson NA, Ochs-Balcom HM, Donlon TA, Martin LW, Eaton CB, Robinson JG, Risch NJ, Zhu X, Kooperberg C, Li Y, Reiner AP, Tang H. Genome-wide characterization of shared and distinct genetic components that influence blood lipid levels in ethnically diverse human populations. Am J Hum Genet. 2013 Jun 6; 92(6):904-16.
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  12. Shetty PB, Tang H, Tayo BO, Morrison AC, Hanis CL, Rao DC, Young JH, Fox ER, Boerwinkle E, Cooper RS, Risch NJ, Zhu X. Variants in CXADR and F2RL1 are associated with blood pressure and obesity in African-Americans in regions identified through admixture mapping. J Hypertens. 2012 Oct; 30(10):1970-6.
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  13. Thornton T, Tang H, Hoffmann TJ, Ochs-Balcom HM, Caan BJ, Risch N. Estimating kinship in admixed populations. Am J Hum Genet. 2012 Jul 13; 91(1):122-38.
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  14. Sebro R, Risch NJ. A brief note on the resemblance between relatives in the presence of population stratification. Heredity (Edinb). 2012 May; 108(5):563-8.
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  15. Sebro R, Levy H, Schneck K, Dimmock D, Raby BA, Cannon CL, Broeckel U, Risch NJ. Cystic fibrosis mutations for p.F508del compound heterozygotes predict sweat chloride levels and pancreatic sufficiency. Clin Genet. 2012 Dec; 82(6):546-51.
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  16. Sebro R, Lange C, Laird NM, Rogus JJ, Risch NJ. Differentiating population stratification from genotyping error using family data. Ann Hum Genet. 2012 Jan; 76(1):42-52.
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  17. Hoffmann TJ, Zhan Y, Kvale MN, Hesselson SE, Gollub J, Iribarren C, Lu Y, Mei G, Purdy MM, Quesenberry C, Rowell S, Shapero MH, Smethurst D, Somkin CP, Van den Eeden SK, Walter L, Webster T, Whitmer RA, Finn A, Schaefer C, Kwok PY, Risch N. Design and coverage of high throughput genotyping arrays optimized for individuals of East Asian, African American, and Latino race/ethnicity using imputation and a novel hybrid SNP selection algorithm. Genomics. 2011 Dec; 98(6):422-30.
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  18. Hallmayer J, Cleveland S, Torres A, Phillips J, Cohen B, Torigoe T, Miller J, Fedele A, Collins J, Smith K, Lotspeich L, Croen LA, Ozonoff S, Lajonchere C, Grether JK, Risch N. Genetic heritability and shared environmental factors among twin pairs with autism. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2011 Nov; 68(11):1095-102.
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  19. Wynshaw-Boris A, Risch N, Motulsky A. Charles Joseph Epstein, M.D., 1933–2011, in memoriam. Am J Hum Genet. 2011 Jun 10; 88(6):684-8.
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  20. Hoffmann TJ, Kvale MN, Hesselson SE, Zhan Y, Aquino C, Cao Y, Cawley S, Chung E, Connell S, Eshragh J, Ewing M, Gollub J, Henderson M, Hubbell E, Iribarren C, Kaufman J, Lao RZ, Lu Y, Ludwig D, Mathauda GK, McGuire W, Mei G, Miles S, Purdy MM, Quesenberry C, Ranatunga D, Rowell S, Sadler M, Shapero MH, Shen L, Shenoy TR, Smethurst D, Van den Eeden SK, Walter L, Wan E, Wearley R, Webster T, Wen CC, Weng L, Whitmer RA, Williams A, Wong SC, Zau C, Finn A, Schaefer C, Kwok PY, Risch N. Next generation genome-wide association tool: design and coverage of a high-throughput European-optimized SNP array. Genomics. 2011 Aug; 98(2):79-89.
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