Vanessa Xanthakis, PhD

Associate Professor, Medicine

Vanessa Xanthakis
72 E. Concord St


Dr. Vanessa Xanthakis is a biostatistician with training in applied mathematics and statistics, and has a strong commitment to clinical epidemiological research. Presently, she is an Assistant Professor in the Section of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology in the Department of Medicine at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine and in the Biostatistics Department at Boston University School of Public Health. She is an investigator at the Framingham Heart Study and serves as the biostatistician on several investigations. She also serves as the Program Director for the Boston University T32 Program in Cardiovascular Epidemiology and the Promotion of Research In MEdical Residency (R38) program. She is the Director of Research Training for the Section of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology. For the last 12 years, Dr. Xanthakis has focused her research on:

A) the epidemiology of cardiac remodeling and subclinical disease, including identifying cardiovascular disease risk factors;

B) population-based vascular testing and echocardiography, including identifying biological, environmental, and genetic determinants (correlates) of cardiac structure and function;

C) epidemiology of novel biomarkers including but not limited to natriuretic peptides, adipokines, and vascular growth factors;

D) cardiovascular risk prediction using biomarkers and assessing their incremental prognostic utility (focus of her PhD thesis);

E) epidemiology of heart failure and its precursors; and

F) ideal cardiovascular health and its impact on cardiovascular disease and its precursors.

Other Positions

  • Associate Professor, Biostatistics, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Investigator, Framingham Heart Study
  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, Boston University


  • Boston University School of Public Health, PhD
  • University of Athens, MS
  • University of Athens, BS

Classes Taught

  • GMSMS750


  • Published on 4/3/2024

    Barton BA, Kronsberg SS, Hariri E, Vasan RS, Rade GA, Xanthakis V, Kickler TS, Rade JJ. Adjustment for Renal Function Improves the Prognostic Performance of Urinary Thromboxane Metabolites. Clin Chem. 2024 Apr 03; 70(4):660-668. PMID: 38416712.

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  • Published on 4/2/2024

    An J, Fischer H, Ni L, Xia M, Choi SK, Morrissette KL, Wei R, Reynolds K, Muntner P, Safford MM, Moran AE, Bellows BK, Isasi CR, Allen NB, Xanthakis V, Colantonio LD, Zhang Y. Association Between Young Adult Characteristics and Blood Pressure Trajectories. J Am Heart Assoc. 2024 Apr 16; 13(8):e033053. PMID: 38563367.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 2/19/2024

    Kim JS, Sun Y, Balte P, Cushman M, Boyle R, Tracy RP, Styer LM, Bell TD, Anderson MR, Allen NB, Schreiner PJ, Bowler RP, Schwartz DA, Lee JS, Xanthakis V, Doyle MF, Regan EA, Make BJ, Kanaya AM, Wenzel SE, Coresh J, Isasi CR, Raffield LM, Elkind MSV, Howard VJ, Ortega VE, Woodruff P, Cole SA, Henderson JM, Mantis NJ, Parker MM, Demmer RT, Oelsner EC. Demographic and Clinical Factors Associated With SARS-CoV-2 Spike 1 Antibody Response Among Vaccinated US Adults: the C4R Study. Nat Commun. 2024 Feb 19; 15(1):1492. PMID: 38374032.

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  • Published on 11/28/2023

    Rempakos A, Prescott B, Mitchell GF, Vasan RS, Xanthakis V. Association of Life's Essential 8 With Cardiovascular Disease and Mortality: The Framingham Heart Study. J Am Heart Assoc. 2023 Dec 05; 12(23):e030764. PMID: 38014669.

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  • Published on 10/30/2023

    Mitchell GF, Rong J, Larson MG, Korzinski TJ, Xanthakis V, Sigurdsson S, Gudnason V, Launer LJ, Aspelund T, Hamburg NM, Gotal JD, Vasan RS. Vascular Age Assessed From an Uncalibrated, Noninvasive Pressure Waveform by Using a Deep Learning Approach: The AI-VascularAge Model. Hypertension. 2024 Jan; 81(1):193-201. PMID: 37901957.

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  • Published on 10/10/2023

    Mi MY, Gajjar P, Walker ME, Miller P, Xanthakis V, Murthy VL, Larson MG, Vasan RS, Shah RV, Lewis GD, Nayor M. Association of healthy dietary patterns and cardiorespiratory fitness in the community. Eur J Prev Cardiol. 2023 Oct 10; 30(14):1450-1461. PMID: 37164358.

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  • Published on 8/24/2023

    Mossavar-Rahmani Y, Lin J, Pan S, Song RJ, Xue X, Spartano NL, Xanthakis V, Sotres-Alvarez D, Marquez DX, Daviglus M, Carlson JA, Parada H, Evenson KR, Talavera AC, Gellman M, Perreira KM, Gallo LC, Vasan RS, Kaplan RC. Characterizing longitudinal change in accelerometry-based moderate-to-vigorous physical activity in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos and the Framingham Heart Study. BMC Public Health. 2023 Aug 24; 23(1):1614. PMID: 37620824.

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  • Published on 6/15/2023

    Mitchell GF, Rong J, Larson MG, Cooper LL, Xanthakis V, Benjamin EJ, Hamburg NM, Vasan RS. Longitudinal Hemodynamic Correlates of and Sex Differences in the Evolution of Blood Pressure Across the Adult Lifespan: The Framingham Heart Study. J Am Heart Assoc. 2023 Jun 20; 12(12):e027329. PMID: 37318016.

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  • Published on 6/10/2023

    Li Y, Gray A, Xue L, Farb MG, Ayalon N, Andersson C, Ko D, Benjamin EJ, Levy D, Vasan RS, Larson MG, Rong J, Xanthakis V, Liu C, Fetterman JL, Gopal DM. Metabolomic Profiles, Ideal Cardiovascular Health, and Risk of Heart Failure and Atrial Fibrillation: Insights From the Framingham Heart Study. J Am Heart Assoc. 2023 Jun 20; 12(12):e028022. PMID: 37301766.

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  • Published on 4/8/2023

    Lin H, Kwan AC, Castro-Diehl C, Short MI, Xanthakis V, Yola IM, Salto G, Mitchell GF, Larson MG, Vasan RS, Cheng S. Sex-specific differences in the genetic and environmental effects on cardiac phenotypic variation assessed by echocardiography. Sci Rep. 2023 Apr 08; 13(1):5786. PMID: 37031215.

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