Eleanor Feingold, PhD

Interim Chair and Professor, Human Genetics

Professor, Biostatistics

Executive Associate Dean, Office of the Dean


1124 Public Health (inside suite 1100A), 130 DeSoto St., Pittsburgh, PA 15261
R-znvy: srvatbyq@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-838-3044
Fax: 967-179-8575
Web site:

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 and facial morphology
• Genetic epidemiology of Alzheimer's 


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


In Fall 2018 I will be co-teaching Public Health Communications, and in Spring 2019 I will be teaching Risk Analysis in Genetic Counseling. I have also recently taught Introduction to Gene Mapping.


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