My research involves the use of computational tools to search the human genome for genetic variants influencing risk of psychiatric and neurological disorders including panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and Alzheimer’s disease. The genetics of these traits is complex, as multiple genes interact with environmental factors to determine an individual’s risk. When studying psychiatric traits, this complexity is compounded because psychiatric disorders are not distinct at the genetic level. For example, genetic variants that increase risk of developing panic disorder may also predispose an individual to bipolar disorder or phobias. To unravel this complexity, information must be integrated from a variety of sources, including families with a multiple affected individuals, large case-control study samples, and samples from different ancestral populations. The type of genetic data that can be examined is similarly diverse and can include microsatellite markers, single nucleotide polymorphisms, and base-pair level sequence data. By leveraging these multiple sources of data, and by using analysis methods that allow for this complexity at both the genetic and trait level, the presence of disease can be correlated with variants across multiple genes. The identification of these variants can implicate new biological systems or molecular pathways which are disrupted, potentially resulting in the development of new biomarkers of disease, new treatments, or personalized therapies based on a patient’s genetic profile.
- Associate Professor, Biostatistics, Boston University School of Public Health
- VA Boston Healthcare System
- University of Iowa, PhD
- University of Iowa, MS
- University of Oregon, BS
- Published on 5/3/2019
Polimanti R, Ratanatharathorn A, Maihofer AX, Choi KW, Stein MB, Morey RA, Logue MW, Nievergelt CM, Stein DJ, Koenen KC, Gelernter J. Association of Economic Status and Educational Attainment With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Mendelian Randomization Study. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 May 03; 2(5):e193447. PMID: 31050786.
- Published on 3/11/2019
Wolf EJ, Morrison FG, Sullivan DR, Logue MW, Guetta RE, Stone A, Schichman SA, McGlinchey RE, Milberg WP, Miller MW. The goddess who spins the thread of life: Klotho, psychiatric stress, and accelerated aging. Brain Behav Immun. 2019 Mar 11. PMID: 30872092.
- Published on 11/30/2018
Morrison FG, Miller MW, Logue MW, Assef M, Wolf EJ. DNA methylation correlates of PTSD: Recent findings and technical challenges. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. 2019 03 02; 90:223-234. PMID: 30503303.
- Published on 10/23/2018
Morrison FG, Miller MW, Wolf EJ, Logue MW, Maniates H, Kwasnik D, Cherry JD, Svirsky S, Restaino A, Hildebrandt A, Aytan N, Stein TD, Alvarez VE, McKee AC, Huber BR. Reduced interleukin 1A gene expression in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex of individuals with PTSD and depression. Neurosci Lett. 2019 Jan 23; 692:204-209. PMID: 30366016.
- Published on 10/19/2018
Connolly SL, Stoop TB, Logue MW, Orr EH, De Vivo I, Miller MW, Wolf EJ. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms, Temperament, and the Pathway to Cellular Senescence. J Trauma Stress. 2018 Oct; 31(5):676-686. PMID: 30338579.
- Published on 9/12/2018
Sadeh N, Spielberg JM, Logue MW, Hayes JP, Wolf EJ, McGlinchey RE, Milberg WP, Schichman SA, Stone A, Miller MW. Linking genes, circuits, and behavior: network connectivity as a novel endophenotype of externalizing. Psychol Med. 2018 Sep 12; 1-9. PMID: 30207258.
- Published on 8/27/2018
Logue MW, Lancour D, Farrell J, Simkina I, Fallin MD, Lunetta KL, Farrer LA. Targeted Sequencing of Alzheimer Disease Genes in African Americans Implicates Novel Risk Variants. Front Neurosci. 2018; 12:592. PMID: 30210277.
- Published on 6/13/2018
Wolf EJ, Logue MW, Morrison FG, Wilcox ES, Stone A, Schichman SA, McGlinchey RE, Milberg WP, Miller MW. Posttraumatic psychopathology and the pace of the epigenetic clock: a longitudinal investigation. Psychol Med. 2019 Apr; 49(5):791-800. PMID: 29897034.
- Published on 3/7/2018
Ikezu T, Chen C, DeLeo AM, Zeldich E, Fallin MD, Kanaan NM, Lunetta KL, Abraham CR, Logue MW, Farrer LA. Tau Phosphorylation is Impacted by Rare AKAP9 Mutations Associated with Alzheimer Disease in African Americans. J Neuroimmune Pharmacol. 2018 Jun; 13(2):254-264. PMID: 29516269.
- Published on 2/27/2018
Logue MW, Panizzon MS, Elman JA, Gillespie NA, Hatton SN, Gustavson DE, Andreassen OA, Dale AM, Franz CE, Lyons MJ, Neale MC, Reynolds CA, Tu X, Kremen WS. Use of an Alzheimer's disease polygenic risk score to identify mild cognitive impairment in adults in their 50s. Mol Psychiatry. 2019 Mar; 24(3):421-430. PMID: 29487403.
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