Gillian Belbin, Ph.D.

Director, Population Genetics

 
Gillian is interested in using genomic data to explore demographic patterns and their impact on disease outcomes in healthcare systems. In particular, she is focused on developing methods that leverage recent, shared genealogy in the form of Identity-by-Descent (IBD) sharing in order to detect and characterize hidden founder effects in large, urban populations in order to explore health disparities and facilitate the discovery of variants underlying monogenic forms of disease. She completed her undergraduate at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, where she obtained an M.Sci in Genetics. Gillian has a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY.

Twitter: @GillianBelbin

Publications

 
Association study in African-admixed populations across the Americas recapitulates asthma risk loci in non-African populations.
Daya M, Rafaels N, Brunetti TM, Chavan S, Levin AM, Shetty A, Gignoux CR, Boorgula MP, Wojcik G, Campbell M, Vergara C, Torgerson DG, Ortega VE, Doumatey A, Johnston HR, Acevedo N, Araujo MI, Avila PC, Belbin G, Bleecker E, Bustamante C, Caraballo L, Cruz A, Dunston GM, Eng C, Faruque MU, Ferguson TS, Figueiredo C, Ford JG, Gan W, Gourraud PA, Hansel NN, Hernandez RD, Herrera-Paz EF, Jiménez S, Kenny EE, Knight-Madden J, Kumar R, Lange LA, Lange EM, Lizee A, Maul P, Maul T, Mayorga A, Meyers D, Nicolae DL, O’Connor TD, Oliveira RR, Olopade CO, Olopade O, Qin ZS, Rotimi C, Vince N, Watson H, Wilks RJ, Wilson JG, Salzberg S, Ober C, Burchard EG, Williams LK, Beaty TH, Taub MA, Ruczinski I, Mathias RA, Barnes KC; CAAPA.
Nat Commun. 2019 Feb 20;10(1):880. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-08469-7.
PMID: 30787307

Genome-wide association study of primary open-angle glaucoma in continental and admixed African populations.
Bonnemaijer PWM, Iglesias AI, Nadkarni GN, Sanyiwa AJ, Hassan HG, Cook C; GIGA Study Group, Simcoe M, Taylor KD, Schurmann C, Belbin GM, Kenny EE, Bottinger EP, van de Laar S, Wiliams SEI, Akafo SK, Ashaye AO, Zangwill LM, Girkin CA, Ng MCY, Rotter JI, Weinreb RN, Li Z, Allingham RR; Eyes of Africa Genetics Consortium, Nag A, Hysi PG, Meester-Smoor MA, Wiggs JL; NEIGHBORHOOD Consortium, Hauser MA, Hammond CJ, Lemij HG, Loos RJF, van Duijn CM, Thiadens AAHJ, Klaver CCW.
Hum Genet. 2018 Oct;137(10):847-862. doi: 10.1007/s00439-018-1943-7. Epub 2018 Oct 13.
PMID: 30317457

Genetic diversity in populations across Latin America: implications for population and medical genetic studies.
Belbin GM, Nieves-Colón MA, Kenny EE, Moreno-Estrada A, Gignoux CR.
Curr Opin Genet Dev. 2018 Dec;53:98-104. doi: 10.1016/j.gde.2018.07.006. Epub 2018 Aug 17. Review.
PMID: 30125792

Disease Heritability Inferred from Familial Relationships Reported in Medical Records.
Polubriaginof FCG, Vanguri R, Quinnies K, Belbin GM, Yahi A, Salmasian H, Lorberbaum T, Nwankwo V, Li L, Shervey MM, Glowe P, Ionita-Laza I, Simmerling M, Hripcsak G, Bakken S, Goldstein D, Kiryluk K, Kenny EE, Dudley J, Vawdrey DK, Tatonetti NP.
Cell. 2018 Jun 14;173(7):1692-1704.e11. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2018.04.032. Epub 2018 May 17.
PMID: 29779949

Genetic identification of a common collagen disease in puerto ricans via identity-by-descent mapping in a health system.
Belbin GM, Odgis J, Sorokin EP, Yee MC, Kohli S, Glicksberg BS, Gignoux CR, Wojcik GL, Van Vleck T, Jeff JM, Linderman M, Schurmann C, Ruderfer D, Cai X, Merkelson A, Justice AE, Young KL, Graff M, North KE, Peters U, James R, Hindorff L, Kornreich R, Edelmann L, Gottesman O, Stahl EE, Cho JH, Loos RJ, Bottinger EP, Nadkarni GN, Abul-Husn NS, Kenny EE.
Elife. 2017 Sep 12;6. pii: e25060. doi: 10.7554/eLife.25060.
PMID: 28895531

Modeling Linkage Disequilibrium Increases Accuracy of Polygenic Risk Scores.
Vilhjálmsson BJ, Yang J, Finucane HK, Gusev A, Lindström S, Ripke S, Genovese G, Loh PR, Bhatia G, Do R, Hayeck T, Won HH; Schizophrenia Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, Discovery, Biology, and Risk of Inherited Variants in Breast Cancer (DRIVE) study, Kathiresan S, Pato M, Pato C, Tamimi R, Stahl E, Zaitlen N, Pasaniuc B, Belbin G, Kenny EE, Schierup MH, De Jager P, Patsopoulos NA, McCarroll S, Daly M, Purcell S, Chasman D, Neale B, Goddard M, Visscher PM, Kraft P, Patterson N, Price AL.
Am J Hum Genet. 2015 Oct 1;97(4):576-92. doi: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2015.09.001.
PMID: 26430803

Effect of Genetic African Ancestry on eGFR and Kidney Disease.
Udler MS, Nadkarni GN, Belbin G, Lotay V, Wyatt C, Gottesman O, Bottinger EP, Kenny EE, Peter I.
J Am Soc Nephrol. 2015 Jul;26(7):1682-92. doi: 10.1681/ASN.2014050474. Epub 2014 Oct 27.
PMID: 25349204

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