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Robert C. Elston, PhD

Professor, Emeritus


B.A., M.A. 1956, Cambridge University – Natural Sciences
Dip. Ag. 1956, Cambridge University – Agriculture
Ph.D. 1959, Cornell University – Animal Breeding
Post-Doc 1960, University of North Carolina – Statistics

Research Interests

Genetic epidemiology, multivariate methods

Courses Taught

EPBI 472: Special Topics in Statistical Genetics
EPBI 491: Introduction to Epidemiology

Professional Memberships

1957-2017 International Biometric Society
1960-2017 American Statistical Association
1961-pres.   American Society of Human Genetics
1962-pres. Royal Statistical Society
1986-2017 Institute of Mathematical Statistics
1972-1981 Behavior Genetics Association
1970-1979 North Carolina Public Health Association
1966-1979 American Association of University Professors
1964-1990 Society of Sigma Xi
1978-1992 International Society for Twin Studies
1991-pres. International Genetic Epidemiology Society (Secretary/Treasurer, 1991-94; President, 1997)
1993-1994 International Society of Psychiatric Genetics

Recent Publications

Satagopan JM, Olson SH, Elston RC. Statistical interactions and Bayes estimation of log odds in case-control studies. Stat Methods Med Res. 2017;26(2):1021-1038.

Liu M, Moon, S, Wang L, Kim S, Kim Y-J, Hwang MY, Kim YJ, Elston RC, Bong-Jo Kim B-J Won S. On the association analysis of CNV data: a fast and robust family-based association method. BMC Bioinformatics. 2017;18(1):217. doi: 10.1186/s12859-017-1622-z.

Huang X, Elston RC, Rosa GJ, Mayer J, Ye Z, Kitchner T, Brilliant MH, D, Page D, Hebbring SJ, Stegle O. Applying family analyses to electronic health records to facilitate genetic research. Bioinformatics. 2017;34(4):635-642. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btx569.

Song YE, Lee S, Park K, Elston RC, Yang H-J, Won S. ONETOOL for the analysis of family-based big data. Bioinformatics. 2018;34(16):2851-2853. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/bty180.

Wang T1, Xue X1, Xie X1, Ye K1, Zhu X2, Elston RC2. Adjustment for covariates using summary statistics of genome-wide association studies. Genet Epidemiol. 2018;42(8):812-825.

Pereira S, Katzmarzyk PT, Gomes TN, Elston R, Maia J. How consistent are genetic factors in explaining leisure-time physical activity and Sport Participation? The Portuguese Healthy Families Study. Twin Res Hum Genet. 2018;21(5):369-377.

Elston RC. Fisher’s influence on me. Genet Epidemiol. 2018;42(8):849-853.