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Eleanor Feingold, PhD

Professor, Human Genetics

Professor, Biostatistics

Associate Dean for Education, Office of the Dean

Senior Associate Dean, Office of the Dean


A626 Crabtree Hall, 130 DeSoto St., Pittsburgh, PA 15261
R-znvy: srvatbyq@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-838-3044
Fax: 967-179-8575
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Personal Statement

I am a statistical geneticist. I develop statistical methods for questions in genetics, particularly involving genomic data and new technologies. I like digging into the gory details and understanding how data from new technologies need to be cleaned before they can be used. I also enjoy working with large collaborative groups to dissect the genetics of particular traits.  My current projects include:

• Statistical methods for complex family-based datasets
• Detecting identity-by-descent and testing relationships using dense (sequence or chip) data
• Statistical properties of genome scan statistics
• Genotype error models for next-gen sequence data
• Genetic epidemiology of Down syndrome and heart defects
• Genetics of meiotic recombination
• Genetic epidemiology of dental caries
• Genetic epidemiology of cleft lip and palate
• Genetic epidemiology of Alzheimer's 


1985 | Massachusetts Institute of Technology | BS
1993 | Stanford University | PhD in Statistics


I have recently taught or co-taught Risk Analysis, Human Population Genetics, Human Genetics Journal Club, and the SIBS summer undergraduate program

Selected Publications

Here are a few of my most interesting recent publications (from over 150). See more on ORCID.


Zeng Z, Weeks DE, Chen W, Mukhopadhyay N, Feingold E. A Pipeline for Classifying Relationships Using Dense SNP/SNV Data and Putative Pedigree Information.Genetic Epidemiology. 2016 Feb; 40 (2):161-71. PMID: 26709242. doi:10.1002/gepi.21948.


Begum F, Sharker MH, Sherman SL, Tseng GC, Feingold E. Regionally Smoothed Meta-Analysis Methods for GWAS Datasets. Genetic Epidemiology. 2016 Feb; 40 (2):154-60. PMCID: PMC4724289. PMID: 26707090. doi: 10.1002/gepi.21949.


Leslie EJ, Liu H, Carlson JC, Shaffer JR, Feingold E, Wehby G, Laurie CA, Jain D, Laurie CC, Doheny KF, McHenry T, Resick J, Sanchez C, Jacobs J, Emanuele B, Vieira AR, Neiswanger K, Standley J, Czeizel AE, Deleyiannis F, Christensen K, Munger RG, Lie RT, Wilcox A, Romitti PA, Field LL, Padilla CD, Cutiongco-de la Paz EM, Lidral AC, Valencia-Ramirez LC, Lopez-Palacio AM, Valencia DR, Arcos-Burgos M, Castilla EE, Mereb JC, Poletta FA, Orioli IM, Carvalho FM, Hecht JT, Blanton SH, Buxó CJ, Butali A, Mossey PA, Adeyemo WL, James O, Braimah RO, Aregbesola BS, Eshete MA, Deribew M, Koruyucu M, Seymen F, Ma L, de Salamanca JE, Weinberg SM, Moreno L, Cornell RA, Murray JC, Marazita ML. A Genome-wide Association Study of Nonsyndromic Cleft Palate Identifies an Etiologic Missense Variant in GRHL3. American Journal of Human Genetics. 2016 Apr 7; 98 (4):744-54. PMCID: PMC4833215. PMID: 27018472. doi: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2016.02.014.


Eleanor  Feingold
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