Burcu Darst

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Epidemiology



PhD Epidemiology, University of Wisconsin (Madison), 2018
BS Cognitive Science, University of California (San Diego), 2009



Office M4-B873
1100 Fairview Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109


Dr. Burcu Darst’s is a genetic epidemiologist with research focused on identifying and understanding genetic and multi-omic risk factors of complex diseases in diverse populations, particularly how they relate to health disparities. Her research lies predominantly in studying prostate cancer, type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease, with the underlying goal of identifying risk factors that could prevent the onset and health disparities of these diseases. Dr. Darst’s research is based on a variety of approaches, including using rare genetic variants captured with genomic sequencing, genome-wide association studies, polygenic risk scores, and metabolomics to understand disease risk. Currently, she is leading an effort to improve understanding of the genomic and metabolic mechanisms contributing to prostate cancer risk in men from diverse populations as well as improving the utility of polygenic risk scores and rare genetic variants for the prediction of prostate cancer across multi-ancestry patient populations.This research is conducted in collaboration with large-scale international collaborations investigating genetic risk of prostate cancer.

Research Interests

Prostate cancer prevention, Health disparities, Genetic risk factors, Molecular biomarkers, Multi-omic integration

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Association Between a 22-feature Genomic Classifier and Biopsy Gleason Upgrade During Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer.
(2022 Mar)
Eur Urol Open Sci 37(): 113-119
Press BH, Jones T, Olawoyin O, Lokeshwar SD, Rahman SN, Khajir G, Lin DW, Cooperberg MR, Loeb S, Darst BF, Zheng Y, Chen RC, Witte JS, Seibert TM, Catalona WJ, Leapman MS, Sprenkle PC

A Rare Germline HOXB13 Variant Contributes to Risk of Prostate Cancer in Men of African Ancestry.
(2022 May)
Eur Urol 81(5): 458-462
Darst BF, Hughley R, Pfennig A, Hazra U, Fan C, Wan P, Sheng X, Xia L, Andrews C, Chen F, Berndt SI, Kote-Jarai Z, Govindasami K, Bensen JT, Ingles SA, Rybicki BA, Nemesure B, John EM, Fowke JH, Huff CD, Strom SS, Isaacs WB, Park JY, Zheng W, Ostrander EA, Walsh PC, Carpten J, Sellers TA, Yamoah K, Murphy AB, Sanderson M, Crawford DC, Gapstur SM, Bush WS, Aldrich MC, Cussenot O, Petrovics G, Cullen J, Neslund-Dudas C, Kittles RA, Xu J, Stern MC, Chokkalingam AP, Multigner L, Parent ME, Menegaux F, Cancel-Tassin G, Kibel AS, Klein EA, Goodman PJ, Stanford JL, Drake BF, Hu JJ, Clark PE, Blanchet P, Casey G, Hennis AJM, Lubwama A, Thompson IM Jr, Leach RJ, Gundell SM, Pooler L, Mohler JL, Fontham ETH, Smith GJ, Taylor JA, Brureau L, Blot WJ, Biritwum R, Tay E, Truelove A, Niwa S, Tettey Y, Varma R, McKean-Cowdin R, Torres M, Jalloh M, Magueye Gueye S, Niang L, Ogunbiyi O, Oladimeji Idowu M, Popoola O, Adebiyi AO, Aisuodionoe-Shadrach OI, Nwegbu M, Adusei B, Mante S, Darkwa-Abrahams A, Yeboah ED, Mensah JE, Anthony Adjei A, Diop H, Cook MB, Chanock SJ, Watya S, Eeles RA, Chiang CWK, Lachance J, Rebbeck TR, Conti DV, Haiman CA

Multi-ethnic GWAS and fine-mapping of glycaemic traits identify novel loci in the PAGE Study.
(2022 Mar)
Diabetologia 65(3): 477-489
Downie CG, Dimos SF, Bien SA, Hu Y, Darst BF, Polfus LM, Wang Y, Wojcik GL, Tao R, Raffield LM, Armstrong ND, Polikowsky HG, Below JE, Correa A, Irvin MR, Rasmussen-Torvik LJF, Carlson CS, Phillips LS, Liu S, Pankow JS, Rich SS, Rotter JI, Buyske S, Matise TC, North KE, Avery CL, Haiman CA, Loos RJF, Kooperberg C, Graff M, Highland HM

Genetic variants predictive of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy symptoms in gynecologic cancer survivors.
(2021 Dec)
Gynecol Oncol 163(3): 578-582
Thomaier L, Darst BF, Jewett P, Hoffmann C, Brown K, Makaram A, Blaes A, Argenta P, Teoh D, Vogel RI

Genetic discovery and risk characterization in type 2 diabetes across diverse populations.
(2021 Apr 8)
HGG Adv 2(2):
Polfus LM, Darst BF, Highland H, Sheng X, Ng MCY, Below JE, Petty L, Bien S, Sim X, Wang W, Fontanillas P, Patel Y, 23andMe Research Team., DIAMANTE Hispanic/Latino Consortium., MEta-analysis of type 2 DIabetes in African Americans Consortium., Preuss M, Schurmann C, Du Z, Lu Y, Rhie SK, Mercader JM, Tusie-Luna T, González-Villalpando C, Orozco L, Spracklen CN, Cade BE, Jensen RA, Sun M, Joo YY, An P, Yanek LR, Bielak LF, Tajuddin S, Nicolas A, Chen G, Raffield L, Guo X, Chen WM, Nadkarni GN, Graff M, Tao R, Pankow JS, Daviglus M, Qi Q, Boerwinkle EA, Liu S, Phillips LS, Peters U, Carlson C, Wikens LR, Marchand LL, North KE, Buyske S, Kooperberg C, Loos RJF, Stram DO, Haiman CA

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