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Ellen Elizabeth Quillen

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionWake Forest School of Medicine
DepartmentInternal Medicine - Molecular Medicine
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    University of Kansas, Lawrence, KSBS05/2005Biology, Genetics
    Pennsylvania State University, State College, PAPhD12/2010Anthropology, Genetics

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    Dr. Quillen is a statistical and population geneticist. Her studies are focused on complex traits and include analyses of both normal variation like skin pigmentation and tanning response and disease traits such as bone fracture and osteoarthritis. Dr. Quillen is interested in applying integrated omic analyses to study age-related disorders and their molecular and physiological basis. Her work blends transcriptomic and epigenetic data with proteomics and metabolomics to better understand bone health and metabolic disease in non-human primate models.


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    R01AR064244     (BREDBENNER, TODD L)Sep 18, 2013 - Aug 31, 2018
    NIH
    The Role of Bone Trait Covariation in Vertebral Fracture Resistance
    Role: Co-Investigator

    K01AG056663     (QUILLEN, ELLEN ELIZABETH)Sep 15, 2018 - Apr 30, 2021
    NIH/NIA
    Integrative multi-omic investigation of age-related changes in trabecular bone
    Role: Principal Investigator

         (Bethany Kerr)Dec 1, 2018 - Nov 30, 2019
    Elsa U. Pardee Foundation
    Profiling cell composition and methylation in bone pre-metastatic niche
    Role Description: Define alterations in bone marrow cellular composition with cancer and comorbidities; develop a methylation profile for cancerous and healthy bone marrow; Assess how changes in the bone microenvironment with arthritis or obesity alter cancer metastasis.
    Role: Co-PI

    UL1TR001102     (Quillen)Apr 1, 2019 - Mar 31, 2020
    NIH/NCATS
    Methylation analysis of bone cells to improve high-throughput evaluation of bone marrow composition and gene expression
    Role Description: This project will develop an algorithm to adjust for variation in bone marrow and trabecular bone tissue cell composition based on methylation profiling of individual cell types. Analyses will include human, non-human primate, and mouse bone to generate a panel of markers with broad applicability to expedite translation. This research will enable the methylation analysis of bulk bone tissue in future studies of cancer metastasis, radiation exposure, and osteoporosis.
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Norton HL, Quillen EE, Bigham AW, Pearson LN, Dunsworth HM. Human Races Are Not Like Dog Breeds: Refuting a Racist Analogy. Evolution: Education and Outreach. 2019; 17(12).
    2. Quillen EE, Norton HL, Parra EJ, Lona-Durazo F, Ang KC, Illiescu FM, Pearson LN, Shriver MD, Lasisi T, Gokcumen O, Starr I, Lin YL, Martin AR, Jablonski NG. Shades of complexity: New perspectives on the evolution and genetic architecture of human skin. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2019 Jan; 168 Suppl 67:4-26. PMID: 30408154.
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    3. Housman G, Havill LM, Quillen EE, Comuzzie AG, Stone AC. Assessment of DNA Methylation Patterns in the Bone and Cartilage of a Nonhuman Primate Model of Osteoarthritis. Cartilage. 2019 07; 10(3):335-345. PMID: 29457464.
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    4. Quillen EE, Blangero J, Almasy L. A variance component method for integrated pathway analysis of gene expression data. BMC Proc. 2016; 10(Suppl 7):337-342. PMID: 27980659.
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    5. Quillen EE. The Evolution of Tanning Needs Its Day in the Sun. Hum Biol. 2015 Oct; 87(4):352-360. PMID: 27737586.
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    6. Quillen EE, Voruganti VS, Chittoor G, Rubicz R, Peralta JM, Almeida MA, Kent JW, Diego VP, Dyer TD, Comuzzie AG, Göring HH, Duggirala R, Almasy L, Blangero J. Evaluation of estimated genetic values and their application to genome-wide investigation of systolic blood pressure. BMC Proc. 2014; 8(Suppl 1 Genetic Analysis Workshop 18Vanessa Olmo):S66. PMID: 25519398.
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    7. Claes P, Liberton DK, Daniels K, Rosana KM, Quillen EE, Pearson LN, McEvoy B, Bauchet M, Zaidi AA, Yao W, Tang H, Barsh GS, Absher DM, Puts DA, Rocha J, Beleza S, Pereira RW, Baynam G, Suetens P, Vandermeulen D, Wagner JK, Boster JS, Shriver MD. Modeling 3D facial shape from DNA. PLoS Genet. 2014 Mar; 10(3):e1004224. PMID: 24651127.
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    8. Quillen EE, Chen XD, Almasy L, Yang F, He H, Li X, Wang XY, Liu TQ, Hao W, Deng HW, Kranzler HR, Gelernter J. ALDH2 is associated to alcohol dependence and is the major genetic determinant of "daily maximum drinks" in a GWAS study of an isolated rural Chinese sample. Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet. 2014 Mar; 165B(2):103-10. PMID: 24277619.
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    9. Quillen EE, Rainwater DL, Dyer TD, Carless MA, Curran JE, Johnson MP, Göring HH, Cole SA, Rutherford S, Maccluer JW, Moses EK, Blangero J, Almasy L, Mahaney MC. Novel associations of nonstructural Loci with paraoxonase activity. J Lipids. 2012; 2012:189681. PMID: 22577559.
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    10. Quillen EE, Bauchet M, Bigham AW, Delgado-Burbano ME, Faust FX, Klimentidis YC, Mao X, Stoneking M, Shriver MD. OPRM1 and EGFR contribute to skin pigmentation differences between Indigenous Americans and Europeans. Hum Genet. 2012 Jul; 131(7):1073-80. PMID: 22198722.
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    11. Quillen EE, Shriver MD. Unpacking human evolution to find the genetic determinants of human skin pigmentation. J Invest Dermatol. 2011 Nov 17; 131(E1):E5-7. PMID: 22094403.
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    12. Quillen EE, Guiltinan JS, Beleza S, Rocha J, Pereira RW, Shriver MD. Iris texture traits show associations with iris color and genomic ancestry. Am J Hum Biol. 2011 Jul-Aug; 23(4):567-9. PMID: 21630365.
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    13. Quillen EE, Shriver MD. SLC24A5: exchanging genetic and biochemical knowledge. Pigment Cell Melanoma Res. 2008 Jun; 21(3):344-5. PMID: 18397209.
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    14. Bauchet M, McEvoy B, Pearson LN, Quillen EE, Sarkisian T, Hovhannesyan K, Deka R, Bradley DG, Shriver MD. Measuring European population stratification with microarray genotype data. Am J Hum Genet. 2007 May; 80(5):948-56. PMID: 17436249.
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    15. Quillen EE, Haslam GC, Samra HS, Amani-Taleshi D, Knight JA, Wyatt DE, Bishop SC, Colvert KK, Richter ML, Kitos PA. Ectoadenylate kinase and plasma membrane ATP synthase activities of human vascular endothelial cells. J Biol Chem. 2006 Jul 28; 281(30):20728-37. PMID: 16714292.
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