University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Annette Molinaro, MA, PhD

Annette Molinaro, MA, PhD

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

Cancer Center Program Memberships

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.

Education

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. Barthel FP, Johnson KC, Varn FS, Moskalik AD, Tanner G, Kocakavuk E, Anderson KJ, Abiola O, Aldape K, Alfaro KD, Alpar D, Amin SB, Ashley DM, Bandopadhayay P, Barnholtz-Sloan JS, Beroukhim R, Bock C, Brastianos PK, Brat DJ, Brodbelt AR, Bruns AF, Bulsara KR, Chakrabarty A, Chakravarti A, Chuang JH, Claus EB, Cochran EJ, Connelly J, Costello JF, Finocchiaro G, Fletcher MN, French PJ, Gan HK, Gilbert MR, Gould PV, Grimmer MR, Iavarone A, Ismail A, Jenkinson MD, Khasraw M, Kim H, Kouwenhoven MCM, LaViolette PS, Li M, Lichter P, Ligon KL, Lowman AK, Malta TM, Mazor T, McDonald KL, Molinaro AM, Nam DH, Nayyar N, Ng HK, Ngan CY, Niclou SP, Niers JM, Noushmehr H, Noorbakhsh J, Ormond DR, Park CK, Poisson LM, Rabadan R, Radlwimmer B, Rao G, Reifenberger G, Sa JK, Schuster M, Shaw BL, Short SC, Smitt PAS, Sloan AE, Smits M, Suzuki H, Tabatabai G, Van Meir EG, Watts C, Weller M, Wesseling P, Westerman BA, Widhalm G, Woehrer A, Yung WKA, Zadeh G, Huse JT, De Groot JF, Stead LF, Verhaak RGW. Longitudinal molecular trajectories of diffuse glioma in adults. Nature. 2019 Nov 20.
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  2. Badiee RK, Chan AK, Rivera J, Molinaro A, Doherty BR, Riew KD, Chou D, Mummaneni PV, Tan LA. Preoperative Narcotic Use, Impaired Ambulation Status, and Increased Intraoperative Blood Loss Are Independent Risk Factors for Complications Following Posterior Cervical Laminectomy and Fusion Surgery. Neurospine. 2019 Sep; 16(3):548-557.
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  3. Cheung SW, Racine CA, Henderson-Sabes J, Demopoulos C, Molinaro AM, Heath S, Nagarajan SS, Bourne AL, Rietcheck JE, Wang SS, Larson PS. Phase I trial of caudate deep brain stimulation for treatment-resistant tinnitus. J Neurosurg. 2019 Sep 24; 1-10.
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  4. Molinaro AM, Phillips JJ. EGFR amplification status for clinical trial inclusion: Where do we draw the line? Neuro Oncol. 2019 Aug 28.
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  5. Lee AT, Burke JF, Chunduru P, Molinaro AM, Knowlton R, Chang EF. A historical cohort of temporal lobe surgery for medically refractory epilepsy: a systematic review and meta-analysis to guide future nonrandomized controlled trial studies. J Neurosurg. 2019 Jun 28; 1-8.
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  6. Breshears JD, Morshed RA, Molinaro AM, McDermott MW, Cheung SW, Theodosopoulos PV. Residual Tumor Volume and Location Predict Progression After Primary Subtotal Resection of Sporadic Vestibular Schwannomas: A Retrospective Volumetric Study. Neurosurgery. 2019 Jun 24.
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  7. Molinaro AM, Taylor JW, Wiencke JK, Wrensch MR. Genetic and molecular epidemiology of adult diffuse glioma. Nat Rev Neurol. 2019 Jul; 15(7):405-417.
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  8. McCurdy S, Molinaro A, Pachter L. Factor analysis for survival time prediction with informative censoring and diverse covariates. Stat Med. 2019 Sep 10; 38(20):3719-3732.
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  9. Gittleman H, Cioffi G, Chunduru P, Molinaro AM, Berger MS, Sloan AE, Barnholtz-Sloan JS. An independently validated nomogram for isocitrate dehydrogenase-wild-type glioblastoma patient survival. Neurooncol Adv. 2019 May-Dec; 1(1):vdz007.
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  10. Chapman CH, Hara JH, Molinaro AM, Clarke JL, Oberheim Bush NA, Taylor JW, Butowski NA, Chang SM, Fogh SE, Sneed PK, Nakamura JL, Raleigh DR, Braunstein SE. Reirradiation of recurrent high-grade glioma and development of prognostic scores for progression and survival. Neurooncol Pract. 2019 Sep; 6(5):364-374.
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  11. Mueller S, Jain P, Liang WS, Kilburn L, Kline C, Gupta N, Panditharatna E, Magge SN, Zhang B, Zhu Y, Crawford JR, Banerjee A, Nazemi K, Packer RJ, Petritsch CK, Truffaux N, Roos A, Nasser S, Phillips JJ, Solomon D, Molinaro A, Waanders AJ, Byron SA, Berens ME, Kuhn J, Nazarian J, Prados M, Resnick AC. A pilot precision medicine trial for children with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma-PNOC003: A report from the Pacific Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Consortium. Int J Cancer. 2019 Oct 01; 145(7):1889-1901.
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  12. Eckel-Passow JE, Decker PA, Kosel ML, Kollmeyer TM, Molinaro AM, Rice T, Caron AA, Drucker KL, Praska CE, Pekmezci M, Hansen HM, McCoy LS, Bracci PM, Erickson BJ, Lucchinetti CF, Wiemels JL, Wiencke JK, Bondy ML, Melin B, Burns TC, Giannini C, Lachance DH, Wrensch MR, Jenkins RB. Using germline variants to estimate glioma and subtype risks. Neuro Oncol. 2019 Mar 18; 21(4):451-461.
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  13. Muskens IS, Hansen HM, Smirnov IV, Molinaro AM, Bondy ML, Schildkraut JM, Wrensch M, Wiemels JL, Claus EB. Longer genotypically-estimated leukocyte telomere length is associated with increased meningioma risk. J Neurooncol. 2019 May; 142(3):479-487.
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  14. Yerneni K, Burke JF, Chunduru P, Molinaro AM, Riew KD, Traynelis VC, Tan LA. Safety of Outpatient Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Neurosurgery. 2019 Jan 23.
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  15. Morrison MA, Hess CP, Clarke JL, Butowski N, Chang SM, Molinaro AM, Lupo JM. Risk factors of radiotherapy-induced cerebral microbleeds and serial analysis of their size compared with white matter changes: A 7T MRI study in 113 adult patients with brain tumors. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2019 Sep; 50(3):868-877.
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  16. Breshears JD, Chang J, Molinaro AM, Sneed PK, McDermott MW, Tward A, Theodosopoulos PV. Temporal Dynamics of Pseudoprogression After Gamma Knife Radiosurgery for Vestibular Schwannomas-A Retrospective Volumetric Study. Neurosurgery. 2019 01 01; 84(1):123-131.
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  17. Flanigan PM, Jahangiri A, Weinstein D, Dayani F, Chandra A, Kanungo I, Choi S, Sankaran S, Molinaro AM, McDermott MW, Berger MS, Aghi MK. Postoperative Delirium in Glioblastoma Patients: Risk Factors and Prognostic Implications. Neurosurgery. 2018 12 01; 83(6):1161-1172.
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  18. Chang J, Breshears JD, Molinaro AM, Sneed PK, McDermott MW, Theodosopoulos PV, Tward AD. Impact of pretreatment growth on Tumor control for vestibular schwannomas following gamma knife. Laryngoscope. 2019 03; 129(3):743-747.
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  19. Taylor JW, Parikh M, Phillips JJ, James CD, Molinaro AM, Butowski NA, Clarke JL, Oberheim-Bush NA, Chang SM, Berger MS, Prados M. Phase-2 trial of palbociclib in adult patients with recurrent RB1-positive glioblastoma. J Neurooncol. 2018 Nov; 140(2):477-483.
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  20. Luks TL, McKnight TR, Jalbert LE, Williams A, Neill E, Lobo KA, Persson AI, Perry A, Phillips JJ, Molinaro AM, Chang SM, Nelson SJ. Relationship of In Vivo MR Parameters to Histopathological and Molecular Characteristics of Newly Diagnosed, Nonenhancing Lower-Grade Gliomas. Transl Oncol. 2018 Aug; 11(4):941-949.
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