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Margaret Taub, PhD

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PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2009


My area of expertise is in genomics and statistical genetics and I have developed analysis methods and software for gene expression data, genotyping data and DNA methylation data. I have extensive knowledge of a variety of high-throughput technologies, including traditional genotyping arrays, as well as more novel methylation arrays, and high-throughput sequencing data. In statistical genetics, I have focused on methods for detecting association and linkage in related individuals and on biases in high-throughput sequencing technologies and their effects on downstream analyses. I have a track record of successful collaborative projects examining genetic and genomic signatures of complex diseases, including cardiovascular disease, oral cleft disorders and schizophrenia.


  • I work on methods development in statistical genetics and on analysis problems for high-throughput genomics data, including methylation array data and re-sequencing data. 

Selected recent publications (as of Jan 2016)

  • Leslie EJ*, Taub MA*, Liu H, Steinberg KM, Koboldt DC, Zhang Q, Carlson JC, Hetmanski JB, Wang H, Larson DE, Fulton RS, Kousa YA, Fakhouri WD, Naji A, Ruczinski I, Begum F, Parker MM, Busch T, Standley J, Rigdon J, Hecht JT, Scott AF, Wehby GL, Christensen K, Czeizel AE, Deleyiannis FW, Schutte BC, Wilson RK, Cornell RA, Lidral AC, Weinstock GM, Beaty TH, Marazita ML, Murray JC. Identification of functional variants for cleft lip with or without cleft palate in or near PAX7, FGFR2, and NOG by targeted sequencing of GWAS loci. Am J Hum Genet. 2015 Mar 5;96(3):397-411

  • Taub MA, Schwender HR, Younkin SG, Louis TA, Ruczinski I. On multi-marker tests for association in case-control studies. Front. Genet. 2013, 4:252

  • Montaño CM, Irizarry RA, Kaufmann WE, Talbot K, Gur RE, Feinberg AP, Taub MA. Measuring cell-type specific differential methylation in human brain tissue. Genome Biology 2013, 14:R94