Associate Director for Population and Diversity Research

Dana Craw­ford, PhD, is Pro­fes­sor in the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences and Associate Director for Population and Diversity Research in the Cleveland Insti­tute for Com­pu­ta­tional Biol­ogy. She also has a secondary appointment in the Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences. Dr. Craw­ford received her Ph.D. at Emory Uni­ver­sity in genet­ics and mol­e­c­u­lar biol­ogy in 2000 and then trained as a post-doctoral fel­low as an Epi­demic Intel­li­gence Ser­vice Offi­cer at the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion (2000–2002) and as a senior fel­low at the Uni­ver­sity of Washington’s Depart­ment of Genome Sci­ences (2002–2006). Prior to her most cur­rent posi­tion, Dr. Craw­ford spent eight years as tenure-track fac­ulty in the Depart­ment of Mol­e­c­u­lar Phys­i­ol­ogy and Bio­physics and Inves­ti­ga­tor in the Cen­ter for Human Genet­ics Research at Van­der­bilt Uni­ver­sity. As a genetic epi­demi­ol­o­gist at CWRU, Dr. Crawford’s broad research inter­ests include apply­ing genetic vari­a­tion data to large-scale epi­demi­o­logic and clin­i­cal cohorts to bet­ter under­stand human genotype-phenotype asso­ci­a­tions with an empha­sis on diverse populations.

Recent Publications

  1. Conti, DV, Darst, BF, Moss, LC, Saunders, EJ, Sheng, X, Chou, A, Schumacher, FR, Olama, AAA, Benlloch, S, Dadaev, T et al.. Trans-ancestry genome-wide association meta-analysis of prostate cancer identifies new susceptibility loci and informs genetic risk prediction. Nat Genet 2021; 53 (1): 65-75. PubMed PMID:33398198 .
  2. Cooke Bailey, JN, Bush, WS, Crawford, DC. Editorial: The Importance of Diversity in Precision Medicine Research. Front Genet 2020; 11 : 875. PubMed PMID:33005167 PubMed Central PMC7479241.
  3. Ong, E, Wang, LL, Schaub, J, O'Toole, JF, Steck, B, Rosenberg, AZ, Dowd, F, Hansen, J, Barisoni, L, Jain, S et al.. Modelling kidney disease using ontology: insights from the Kidney Precision Medicine Project. Nat Rev Nephrol 2020; 16 (11): 686-696. PubMed PMID:32939051 .
  4. Karunamuni, RA, Huynh-Le, MP, Fan, CC, Thompson, W, Eeles, RA, Kote-Jarai, Z, Muir, K, UKGPCS Collaborators, Lophatananon, A, Tangen, CM et al.. African-specific improvement of a polygenic hazard score for age at diagnosis of prostate cancer. Int J Cancer 2021; 148 (1): 99-105. PubMed PMID:32930425 .
  5. McDonough, CW, Babcock, K, Chucri, K, Crawford, DC, Bian, J, Modave, F, Cooper-DeHoff, RM, Hogan, WR. Optimizing identification of resistant hypertension: Computable phenotype development and validation. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2020; 29 (11): 1393-1401. PubMed PMID:32844549 PubMed Central PMC7754782.
  6. Darst, BF, Wan, P, Sheng, X, Bensen, JT, Ingles, SA, Rybicki, BA, Nemesure, B, John, EM, Fowke, JH, Stevens, VL et al.. A Germline Variant at 8q24 Contributes to Familial Clustering of Prostate Cancer in Men of African Ancestry. Eur Urol 2020; 78 (3): 316-320. PubMed PMID:32409115 PubMed Central PMC7805560.
  7. Pendergrass, SA, Buyske, S, Jeff, JM, Frase, A, Dudek, S, Bradford, Y, Ambite, JL, Avery, CL, Buzkova, P, Deelman, E et al.. A phenome-wide association study (PheWAS) in the Population Architecture using Genomics and Epidemiology (PAGE) study reveals potential pleiotropy in African Americans. PLoS One 2019; 14 (12): e0226771. PubMed PMID:31891604 PubMed Central PMC6938343.
  8. Crawford, DC, Lin, J, Cooke Bailey, JN, Kinzy, T, Sedor, JR, O'Toole, JF, Bush, WS. Frequency of ClinVar Pathogenic Variants in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients Surveyed for Return of Research Results at a Cleveland Public Hospital. Pac Symp Biocomput 2020; 25 : 575-586. PubMed PMID:31797629 PubMed Central PMC6931908.
  9. Bush, WS, Cooke Bailey, JN, Beno, MF, Crawford, DC. Bridging the Gaps in Personalized Medicine Value Assessment: A Review of the Need for Outcome Metrics across Stakeholders and Scientific Disciplines. Public Health Genomics 2019; 22 (1-2): 16-24. PubMed PMID:31454805 PubMed Central PMC6752968.
  10. Halladay, CW, Hadi, T, Anger, MD, Greenberg, PB, Sullivan, JM, Konicki, PE, Peachey, NS, Igo, RP Jr, Iyengar, SK, Wu, WC et al.. Genetically-guided algorithm development and sample size optimization for age-related macular degeneration cases and controls in electronic health records from the VA Million Veteran Program. AMIA Jt Summits Transl Sci Proc 2019; 2019 : 153-162. PubMed PMID:31258967 PubMed Central PMC6568141.
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Featured Publications

Investigating the relationship between mitochondrial genetic variation and cardiovascular-related traits to develop a framework for mitochondrial phenome-wide association studies.

Mitchell SL, Hall JB, Goodloe RJ, Boston J, Farber-Eger E, Pendergrass SA, Bush WS, Crawford DC,. Mitochondria play a critical role in the cell and have DNA independent of the nuclear genome. There is much evidence that mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) variation plays a role in human health and disease, however, this area of investigation has […]

Utilization of an EMR-biorepository to identify the genetic predictors of calcineurin-inhibitor toxicity in heart transplant recipients.

Oetjens M, Bush WS, Birdwell KA, Dilks HH, Bowton EA, Denny JC, Wilke RA, Roden DM, Crawford DC,. Calcineurin-inhibitors CI are immunosuppressive agents prescribed to patients after solid organ transplant to prevent rejection. Although these drugs have been transformative for allograft survival, long-term use is complicated by side effects including nephrotoxicity. Given the narrow therapeutic […]

Dana on Twitter

At @genome_gov, we believe genomics cannot continue to thrive without people from diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented researchers and clinicians. Our new action agenda details our goals and objectives for building a more #diversegenomicsworkforce by 2030. Retweeted by Dr. Dana Crawford

Be sure and attend the Translational #Bioinformatics workshop at #PSB2021 on Thursday from 1-4 ET! We have an amazing lineup of speakers including @MarzyehGhassemi, Jonathan Haines, @inthosegenespod, & @dokyoon_kim with a panel discussion. upibi.org/tbworkshop/ Retweeted by Dr. Dana Crawford

Well Toto, it looks like we are not in Kansas anymore... Or for the PSB attendees, we're not in Hawaii this time. I miss you all. But let's get into our great science from the safety of our homes. Looking forward to PSB 2022 - hopefully back on the island! Aloha, friends. #PSB21 twitter.com/PacSymBiocomp/… Retweeted by Dr. Dana Crawford

We're live! Join our first session "Computational Challenges and Artificial Intelligence in Precision Medicine" @CaturDNA @RoxanaDaneshjou @ProfLHunter @MarthaBulyk @LukaszPK @jonc101x @gregorymcinnes #psb21 #psb2021 twitter.com/pacsymbiocomp/… Retweeted by Dr. Dana Crawford

Putting the finishing touches on the introduction for our @PacSymBiocomp virtual session tomorrow! Really excited for the talks and posters on Computational Challenges and Artificial Intelligence in Precision Medicine. #PSB2021 Retweeted by Dr. Dana Crawford

It's January and time for some @PacSymBiocomp 2021! Don your best aloha and join us for the first session "Computational Challenges and Artificial Intelligence in Precision Medicine" Tuesday at 8am PT! @kidzik @olgafan @bulyk @joanneberghout

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Humbled to be named alongside such brilliant human genetics and genomics colleagues in this year's AAAS Fellows list. Thanks to all those who trained and support me @emorygmb @uwgenome @GeneticsSociety @Cleveland_ICB @CWRUSOM twitter.com/aaas/status/13…

Looks like @GeneticsSociety Dr. Pulliam is doing double duty today! #ABRCMS2020 #CWRUSOM twitter.com/bgsocwru/statu…

I missed the talk but was able to join the Q&A. Excellent career advice and nothing but the COVID scientific facts from @KizzyPhD on emerging vaccine efficacy data, SARS-CoV-2 mutation rates, and more at #ABRCMS2020 twitter.com/FutureDrSLove/…

I am both happy and sad. This should have happened in 2016. #BidenHarrisToEndThisNightmare twitter.com/iamsambee/stat…

My new Sammy Bee best @FullFrontalSamB with great memories of the 2010 Rally to Restore Sanity @colbertlateshow Still trying to fix things, 10 years later. #LateShowPreShow #ScreamHere

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So proud of our grad students doing more than their fair share on #ELECTIONDAY #Election2020 #Vote2020 #VOTE twitter.com/a_k_miller/sta…

Sweet child o' mine, what a #ASHGMemory @illumina! I'm at #ASHG20 partying like it's pre-pandemic ASHG 2018 in San Diego!

Late into the @illumina party, ASHG San Diego 2007. The hip hop dancers have left the scientists to party on. And party on they did. #ASHGMemory #ASHG20

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