John S. Witte, PhD

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John S. Witte, PhD

Professor, Department of Epidemiology/Biostatistics and Urology, UCSF; Leader, Cancer Genetics Program, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

wittej@humgen.ucsf.edu

Phone: (415) 502-6882 (voice)
Box 0794, UCSF, San Francisco, CA 94143-0794

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Cancer Center Membership

Program Member » Prostate Cancer» Cancer Genetics

Research Summary

I have extensive experience in the design and statistical analysis of genetic epidemiologic projects. My research program encompasses a synthesis of methodological and applied genetic epidemiology, with the overall aim of deciphering the mechanisms underlying complex diseases and traits. I have developed extensive, widely used methods and software for studying rare genetic variants, pathways, interactions, and genome-wide association studies. I am applying these methods to studies of prostate cancer, birth defects, and pharmacogenomics. My lab has developed extensive methods and software for studying rare genetic variants, pathways, interactions, and genome-wide association studies. For analyzing rare variants, my lab has recently developed novel Bayesian and ‘Step-up’ empirical methods. My work includes showing how hierarchical modeling—a potentially valuable analytic approach—can be used to incorporate existing information to improve estimation. In more applied work, I am presently undertaking studies of the germline and somatic genomic basis of prostate cancer, with a particular focus on disease aggressiveness among understudied populations. Most recently, I am evaluating the use of cell-free DNA (liquid biopsies) for prediction of disease risk and progression. In addition, I direct an NIH-Funded post-Doctoral training grant in Genetic Epidemiology, and have mentored over 40 pre- and post-doctoral fellows.

Education

University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, BS, 1986, Mathematical Sciences
University of California, Berkeley, CA, MS, 1988, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
University of California, Los Angeles, CA, PhD, 1994, Epidemiology


Professional Experience

  • 1994-1995
    Research Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California
  • 1995-1999
    Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Case Western Reserve University
  • 1999-2003
    Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Case Western Reserve University
  • 2003-present
    Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2005-present
    Leader, Program in Cancer Genetics and Epidemiology, UC San Francisco
  • 2005-present
    Associate Director, Institute for Human Genetics, UC, San Francisco
  • 2008-present
    Head, Division of Cancer Epidemiology, UC, San Francisco

Honors & Awards

  • 1986
    Undergraduate Honors, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 1989-1994
    National Research Service Award, NIH
  • 1994
    Ruth F. Richards Outstanding Student Award, UCLA School of Public Health Alumni Association
  • 1999-2000
    Glennan Fellow, Case Western Reserve University
  • 2002-2003
    Visiting Scientist Award, International Agency for Research on Cancer

Selected Publications

  1. Karami S, Han Y, Pande M, Cheng I, Rudd J, Pierce BL, Nutter EL, Schumacher FR, Kote-Jarai Z, Lindstrom S, Witte JS, Fang S, Han J, Kraft P, Hunter DJ, Song F, Hung RJ, McKay J, Gruber SB, Chanock SJ, Risch A, Shen H, Haiman CA, Boardman L, Ulrich CM, Casey G, Peters U, Amin Al Olama A, Berchuck A, Berndt SI, Bezieau S, Brennan P, Brenner H, Brinton L, Caporaso N, Chan AT, Chang-Claude J, Christiani DC, Cunningham JM, Easton D, Eeles RA, Eisen T, Gala M, Gallinger SJ, Gayther SA, Goode EL, Grönberg H, Henderson BE, Houlston R, Joshi AD, Küry S, Landi MT, Le Marchand L, Muir K, Newcomb PA, Permuth-Wey J, Pharoah P, Phelan C, Potter JD, Ramus SJ, Risch H, Schildkraut J, Slattery ML, Song H, Wentzensen N, White E, Wiklund F, Zanke BW, Sellers TA, Zheng W, Chatterjee N, Amos CI, Doherty JA. Telomere structure and maintenance gene variants and risk of five cancer types. Int J Cancer. 2016 Dec 15; 139(12):2655-2670.
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  2. Rand KA, Song C, Dean E, Serie DJ, Curtin K, Sheng X, Hu D, Huff CA, Bernal-Mizrachi L, Tomasson MH, Ailawadhi S, Singhal S, Pawlish K, Peters ES, Bock CH, Stram A, Van Den Berg DJ, Edlund CK, Conti DV, Zimmerman T, Hwang AE, Huntsman S, Graff J, Nooka A, Kong Y, Pregja SL, Berndt SI, Blot WJ, Carpten J, Casey G, Chu L, Diver WR, Stevens VL, Lieber MR, Goodman PJ, Hennis AJ, Hsing AW, Mehta J, Kittles RA, Kolb S, Klein EA, Leske C, Murphy AB, Nemesure B, Neslund-Dudas C, Strom SS, Vij R, Rybicki BA, Stanford JL, Signorello LB, Witte JS, Ambrosone CB, Bhatti P, John EM, Bernstein L, Zheng W, Olshan AF, Hu JJ, Ziegler RG, Nyante SJ, Bandera EV, Birmann BM, Ingles SA, Press MF, Atanackovic D, Glenn MJ, Cannon-Albright LA, Jones B, Tricot G, Martin TG, Kumar SK, Wolf JL, Deming Halverson SL, Rothman N, Brooks-Wilson AR, Rajkumar SV, Kolonel LN, Chanock SJ, Slager SL, Severson RK, Janakiraman N, Terebelo HR, Brown EE, De Roos AJ, Mohrbacher AF, Colditz GA, Giles GG, Spinelli JJ, Chiu BC, Munshi NC, Anderson KC, Levy J, Zonder JA, Orlowski RZ, Lonial S, Camp NJ, Vachon CM, Ziv E, Stram DO, Hazelett DJ, Haiman CA, Cozen W. A Meta-analysis of Multiple Myeloma Risk Regions in African and European Ancestry Populations Identifies Putatively Functional Loci. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2016 Sep 1.
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  3. Zhou K, Yee SW, Seiser EL, van Leeuwen N, Tavendale R, Bennett AJ, Groves CJ, Coleman RL, van der Heijden AA, Beulens JW, de Keyser CE, Zaharenko L, Rotroff DM, Out M, Jablonski KA, Chen L, Javorský M, Židzik J, Levin AM, Williams LK, Dujic T, Semiz S, Kubo M, Chien HC, Maeda S, Witte JS, Wu L, Tkác I, Kooy A, van Schaik RH, Stehouwer CD, Logie L. Variation in the glucose transporter gene SLC2A2 is associated with glycemic response to metformin. Nat Genet. 2016 Aug 8.
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  4. Lee SA, Mefford JA, Huang Y, Witte JS, Martin JN, Haas DW, Mclaren PJ, Mushiroda T, Kubo M, Byakwaga H, Hunt PW, Kroetz DL. Host genetic predictors of the kynurenine pathway of tryptophan catabolism among treated HIV-infected Ugandans. AIDS. 2016 Jul 17; 30(11):1807-15.
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  5. Majumdar A, Haldar T, Witte JS. Determining Which Phenotypes Underlie a Pleiotropic Signal. Genet Epidemiol. 2016 Jul; 40(5):366-81.
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  6. Sapru A, Liu KD, Wiemels J, Hansen H, Pawlikowska L, Poon A, Jorgenson E, Witte JS, Calfee CS, Ware LB, Matthay MA. Association of common genetic variation in the protein C pathway genes with clinical outcomes in acute respiratory distress syndrome. Crit Care. 2016; 20(1):151.
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  7. Uricchio LH, Zaitlen NA, Ye CJ, Witte JS, Hernandez RD. Selection and explosive growth alter genetic architecture and hamper the detection of causal rare variants. Genome Res. 2016 Jul; 26(7):863-73.
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  8. Mosley JD, Witte JS, Larkin EK, Bastarache L, Shaffer CM, Karnes JH, Stein CM, Phillips E, Hebbring SJ, Brilliant MH, Mayer J, Ye Z, Roden DM, Denny JC. Identifying genetically driven clinical phenotypes using linear mixed models. Nat Commun. 2016; 7:11433.
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  9. Carmichael SL, Yang W, Ma C, Roberts E, Kegley S, English P, Lammer EJ, Witte JS, Shaw GM. Joint effects of genetic variants and residential proximity to pesticide applications on hypospadias risk. Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol. 2016 Aug; 106(8):653-8.
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  10. Li M, Li J, He Z, Lu Q, Witte JS, Macleod SL, Hobbs CA, Cleves MA. Testing Allele Transmission of an SNP Set Using a Family-Based Generalized Genetic Random Field Method. Genet Epidemiol. 2016 May; 40(4):341-51.
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  11. Lindquist KJ, Paris PL, Hoffmann TJ, Cardin NJ, Kazma R, Mefford JA, Simko JP, Ngo V, Chen Y, Levin AM, Chitale D, Helfand BT, Catalona WJ, Rybicki BA, Witte JS. Mutational Landscape of Aggressive Prostate Tumors in African American Men. Cancer Res. 2016 Apr 1; 76(7):1860-8.
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  12. Scarbrough PM, Weber RP, Iversen ES, Brhane Y, Amos CI, Kraft P, Hung RJ, Sellers TA, Witte JS, Pharoah P, Henderson BE, Gruber SB, Hunter DJ, Garber JE, Joshi AD, McDonnell K, Easton DF, Eeles R, Kote-Jarai Z, Muir K, Doherty JA, Schildkraut JM. A Cross-Cancer Genetic Association Analysis of the DNA Repair and DNA Damage Signaling Pathways for Lung, Ovary, Prostate, Breast, and Colorectal Cancer. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2016 Jan; 25(1):193-200.
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  13. Majumdar A, Witte JS, Ghosh S. Semiparametric Allelic Tests for Mapping Multiple Phenotypes: Binomial Regression and Mahalanobis Distance. Genet Epidemiol. 2015 Dec; 39(8):635-50.
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  14. Hoffmann TJ, Witte JS. Strategies for Imputing and Analyzing Rare Variants in Association Studies. Trends Genet. 2015 Oct; 31(10):556-63.
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  15. Kwok B, Hall JM, Witte JS, Xu Y, Reddy P, Lin K, Flamholz R, Dabbas B, Yung A, Al-Hafidh J, Balmert E, Vaupel C, El Hader C, McGinniss MJ, Nahas SA, Kines J, Bejar R. MDS-associated somatic mutations and clonal hematopoiesis are common in idiopathic cytopenias of undetermined significance. Blood. 2015 Nov 19; 126(21):2355-61.
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  16. Hung RJ, Ulrich CM, Goode EL, Brhane Y, Muir K, Chan AT, Marchand LL, Schildkraut J, Witte JS, Eeles R, Boffetta P, Spitz MR, Poirier JG, Rider DN, Fridley BL, Chen Z, Haiman C, Schumacher F, Easton DF, Landi MT, Brennan P, Houlston R, Christiani DC, Field JK, Bickeböller H, Risch A, Kote-Jarai Z, Wiklund F, Grönberg H, Chanock S, Berndt SI, Kraft P, Lindström S, Al Olama AA, Song H, Phelan C, Wentzensen N, Peters U, Slattery ML. Cross Cancer Genomic Investigation of Inflammation Pathway for Five Common Cancers: Lung, Ovary, Prostate, Breast, and Colorectal Cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2015 Nov; 107(11).
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  17. Han Y, Hazelett DJ, Wiklund F, Schumacher FR, Stram DO, Berndt SI, Wang Z, Rand KA, Hoover RN, Machiela MJ, Yeager M, Burdette L, Chung CC, Hutchinson A, Yu K, Xu J, Travis RC, Key TJ, Siddiq A, Canzian F, Takahashi A, Kubo M, Stanford JL, Kolb S, Gapstur SM, Diver WR, Stevens VL, Strom SS, Pettaway CA, Al Olama AA, Kote-Jarai Z, Eeles RA, Yeboah ED, Tettey Y, Biritwum RB, Adjei AA, Tay E, Truelove A, Niwa S, Chokkalingam AP, Isaacs WB, Chen C, Lindstrom S, Le Marchand L, Giovannucci EL, Pomerantz M, Long H, Li F, Ma J, Stampfer M, John EM, Ingles SA, Kittles RA, Murphy AB, Blot WJ, Signorello LB, Zheng W, Albanes D, Virtamo J, Weinstein S, Nemesure B, Carpten J, Leske MC, Wu SY, Hennis AJ, Rybicki BA, Neslund-Dudas C, Hsing AW, Chu L, Goodman PJ, Klein EA, Zheng SL, Witte JS, Casey G, Riboli E, Li Q, Freedman ML, Hunter DJ, Gronberg H, Cook MB, Nakagawa H, Kraft P, Chanock SJ, Easton DF, Henderson BE, Coetzee GA, Conti DV, Haiman CA. Integration of multiethnic fine-mapping and genomic annotation to prioritize candidate functional SNPs at prostate cancer susceptibility regions. Hum Mol Genet. 2015 Oct 1; 24(19):5603-18.
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  18. Webber DM, MacLeod SL, Bamshad MJ, Shaw GM, Finnell RH, Shete SS, Witte JS, Erickson SW, Murphy LD, Hobbs C. Developments in our understanding of the genetic basis of birth defects. Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol. 2015 Aug; 103(8):680-91.
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  19. Tai CG, Graff RE, Liu J, Passarelli MN, Mefford JA, Shaw GM, Hoffmann TJ, Witte JS. Detecting gene-environment interactions in human birth defects: Study designs and statistical methods. Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol. 2015 Aug; 103(8):692-702.
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  20. Virlogeux V, Graff RE, Hoffmann TJ, Witte JS. Replication and heritability of prostate cancer risk variants: impact of population-specific factors. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2015 Jun; 24(6):938-43.
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