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. Nicolaides T, Nazemi KJ, Crawford J, Kilburn L, Minturn J, Gajjar A, Gauvain K, Leary S, Dhall G, Aboian M, Robinson G, Long-Boyle J, Wang H, Molinaro AM, Mueller S, Prados M. Phase I study of vemurafenib in children with recurrent or progressive BRAFV600E mutant brain tumors: Pacific Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Consortium study (PNOC-002). Oncotarget. 2020 May 26; 11(21):1942-1952.
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  2. Eckel-Passow JE, Drucker KL, Kollmeyer TM, Kosel ML, Decker PA, Molinaro AM, Rice T, Praska CE, Clark L, Caron A, Abyzov A, Batzler A, Song JS, Pekmezci M, Hansen HM, McCoy LS, Bracci PM, Wiemels J, Wiencke JK, Francis S, Burns TC, Giannini C, Lachance DH, Wrensch M, Jenkins RB. Adult Diffuse Glioma GWAS by Molecular Subtype Identifies Variants in D2HGDH and FAM20C. Neuro Oncol. 2020 May 09.
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  3. Morshed RA, Reihl SJ, Molinaro AM, Kakaizada S, Young JS, Schulte JD, Butowski N, Taylor J, Bush NA, Aghi MK, Berger MS, Chang S, Clarke J, Hervey-Jumper SL. The influence of race and socioeconomic status on therapeutic clinical trial screening and enrollment. J Neurooncol. 2020 Apr 29.
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  4. Safaee MM, Tenorio A, Osorio JA, Choy W, Amara D, Lai L, Molinaro AM, Zhang Y, Hu SS, Tay B, Burch S, Berven SH, Deviren V, Dhall SS, Chou D, Mummaneni PV, Eichler CM, Ames CP, Clark AJ. The impact of obesity on perioperative complications in patients undergoing anterior lumbar interbody fusion. J Neurosurg Spine. 2020 Apr 24; 1-10.
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  5. Cluceru J, Nelson SJ, Wen Q, Phillips JJ, Shai A, Molinaro AM, Alcaide-Leon P, Olson MP, Nair D, LaFontaine M, Chunduru P, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Cha S, Chang SM, Berger MS, Lupo JM. Recurrent tumor and treatment-induced effects have different MR signatures in contrast enhancing and non-enhancing lesions of high-grade gliomas. Neuro Oncol. 2020 Apr 22.
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  6. Mathur R, Zhang Y, Grimmer MR, Hong C, Zhang M, Bollam S, Petrecca K, Clarke J, Berger MS, Phillips JJ, Oberheim-Bush NA, Molinaro AM, Chang SM, Costello JF. MGMT promoter methylation level in newly diagnosed low-grade glioma is a predictor of hypermutation at recurrence. Neuro Oncol. 2020 Mar 13.
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  7. 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. 2020 03 01; 86(3):410-416.
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  8. Molinaro AM, Hervey-Jumper S, Morshed RA, Young J, Han SJ, Chunduru P, Zhang Y, Phillips JJ, Shai A, Lafontaine M, Crane J, Chandra A, Flanigan P, Jahangiri A, Cioffi G, Ostrom Q, Anderson JE, Badve C, Barnholtz-Sloan J, Sloan AE, Erickson BJ, Decker PA, Kosel ML, LaChance D, Eckel-Passow J, Jenkins R, Villanueva-Meyer J, Rice T, Wrensch M, Wiencke JK, Oberheim Bush NA, Taylor J, Butowski N, Prados M, Clarke J, Chang S, Chang E, Aghi M, Theodosopoulos P, McDermott M, Berger MS. Association of Maximal Extent of Resection of Contrast-Enhanced and Non-Contrast-Enhanced Tumor With Survival Within Molecular Subgroups of Patients With Newly Diagnosed Glioblastoma. JAMA Oncol. 2020 Feb 06.
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  9. 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. 2020 01 01; 86(1):30-45.
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  10. 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 12; 576(7785):112-120.
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  11. Molinaro AM, Phillips JJ. EGFR amplification status for clinical trial inclusion: where do we draw the line? Neuro Oncol. 2019 10 09; 21(10):1215-1216.
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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. Molinaro AM, Taylor JW, Wiencke JK, Wrensch MR. Genetic and molecular epidemiology of adult diffuse glioma. Nat Rev Neurol. 2019 07; 15(7):405-417.
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  16. McCurdy S, Molinaro A, Pachter L. Factor analysis for survival time prediction with informative censoring and diverse covariates. Stat Med. 2019 09 10; 38(20):3719-3732.
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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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 10 01; 145(7):1889-1901.
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  20. 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 03 18; 21(4):451-461.
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