Faculty

Alison Fohner

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology


afohner@uw.edu

Education

PhD Public Health Genetics, University of Washington, 2015
MS Biology, Stanford University, 2008

Contact


afohner@uw.edu

Box 357236
Department of Epidemiology
Health Sciences Bldg. F-247A
Seattle, WA 98195

Bio

Dr. Fohner is a genetic epidemiologist applying innovative big data methods to extensive electronic health record, population-based longitudinal cohort, and multi-omic data to improve precision medicine. She approaches genetic epidemiology through an ELSI (ethical, legal, social implications) lens, and aims to promote equity and justice in the benefit of and access to genetic information in health settings. She prioritizes interdisciplinary collaborations and is a member of the Cardiovascular Health Research Unit at UW, where she integrates genomics and proteomics to identify early biomarkers for cognitive decline and dementia. She is an Associate Director of the Institute for Public Health Genetics, an interdisciplinary program in the School of Public Health that explores the application of genomics in public health, and is an adjunct investigator at Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research. 

Research Interests

Dr. Fohner is a genetic epidemiologist applying innovative big data methods to extensive electronic health record and genomic data to improve precision medicine. She approaches genetic epidemiology through an ELSI (ethical, legal, social implications) lens, and aims to promote equity and justice in the benefit of and access to genetic information in health settings. She teaches in the Institute of Public Health Genetics, an interdisciplinary program in the School of Public Health that explores the application of genomics in public health, and is an adjunct investigator at Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research.

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Monocyte subsets, T cell activation profiles, and stroke in men and women: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and Cardiovascular Health Study.
(2022 May 14)
Atherosclerosis 351(): 18-25
Feinstein MJ, Buzkova P, Olson NC, Doyle MF, Sitlani CM, Fohner AE, Huber SA, Floyd J, Sinha A, Thorp EB, Landay A, Freiberg MS, Longstreth WT Jr, Tracy RP, Psaty BM, Delaney JA

Association of Peripheral Lymphocyte Subsets with Cognitive Decline and Dementia: The Cardiovascular Health Study.
(2022 May 6)
J Alzheimers Dis
Fohner AE, Sitlani CM, Buzkova P, Doyle MF, Liu X, Bis JC, Fitzpatrick A, Heckbert SR, Huber SA, Kuller L, Longstreth WT, Feinstein MJ, Freiberg M, Olson NC, Seshadri S, Lopez O, Odden MC, Tracy RP, Psaty BM, Delaney JA, Floyd JS

Meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies identifies ancestry-specific associations underlying circulating total tau levels.
(2022 Apr 8)
Commun Biol 5(1): 336
Sarnowski C, Ghanbari M, Bis JC, Logue M, Fornage M, Mishra A, Ahmad S, Beiser AS, Boerwinkle E, Bouteloup V, Chouraki V, Cupples LA, Damotte V, DeCarli CS, DeStefano AL, Djoussé L, Fohner AE, Franz CE, Kautz TF, Lambert JC, Lyons MJ, Mosley TH, Mukamal KJ, Pase MP, Portilla Fernandez EC, Rissman RA, Satizabal CL, Vasan RS, Yaqub A, Debette S, Dufouil C, Launer LJ, Kremen WS, Longstreth WT, Ikram MA, Seshadri S

Identifying risk of adverse outcomes in COVID-19 patients via artificial intelligence-powered analysis of 12-lead intake electrocardiogram.
(2022 Apr)
Cardiovasc Digit Health J 3(2): 62-74
Sridhar AR, Chen Amber ZH, Mayfield JJ, Fohner AE, Arvanitis P, Atkinson S, Braunschweig F, Chatterjee NA, Zamponi AF, Johnson G, Joshi SA, Lassen MCH, Poole JE, Rumer C, Skaarup KG, Biering-Sørensen T, Blomstrom-Lundqvist C, Linde CM, Maleckar MM, Boyle PM

Association of Serum Neurofilament Light Chain Concentration and MRI Findings in Older Adults: The Cardiovascular Health Study.
(2022 Mar 1)
Neurology 98(9): e903-e911
Fohner AE, Bartz TM, Tracy RP, Adams HHH, Bis JC, Djousse L, Satizabal CL, Lopez OL, Seshadri S, Mukamal KJ, Kuller LH, Psaty BM, Longstreth WT Jr

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