Lindsey Criswell, MD, MPH

Professor
Department of Medicine
+1 415 476-9026

The focus of my research program is the genetics and epidemiology of human autoimmune disease, particularly rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). My research unit has devoted substantial effort to the performance of genome wide association (GWA) and other genetics studies, which have led to the identification of over 30 genes that contribute to risk and outcome of these disorders. This work has also highlighted key biologic pathways responsible for disease onset and progression, which can inform more basic research to define the mechanism of these genetic associations. Given the heterogeneity of these disorders, we are also devoting substantial effort to the refinement of genotype-phenotype associations, such as the specificity of genetic associations for serologic or clinical subphenotypes. Several genes we have been studying, including STAT4 and TNFAIP3, are also of interest due to emerging evidence supporting their association with multiple autoimmune disorders and phenotypes. Given the strong association of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) region with multiple autoimmune disorders, we are performing fine mapping studies of this region in order to further define the complex genetic associations of this region with SLE, RA and related phenotypes. We are also pursuing studies designed to better understand ethnic differences in autoimmune disease risk and outcome. Lastly, we have initiated several recent studies that seek to define the contribution of epigenetic factors, particularly DNA methylation patterns, to autoimmune disease risk and outcome.

Primary Thematic Area: 
Human Genetics
Secondary Thematic Area: 
Immunology
Research Summary: 
Genetics and epidemiology of human autoimmune disease

Websites

Publications: 

Role of the IL-12/IL-35 balance in Sjögren's syndrome.

The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology

Fogel O, Rivière E, Seror R, Nocturne G, Boudaoud S, Ly B, Gottenberg JE, Le Guern V, Dubost JJ, Nititham J, Taylor KE, Chanson P, Dieudé P, Criswell LA, Jagla B, Thai A, Mingueneau M, Mariette X, Miceli-Richard C

Transancestral mapping and genetic load in systemic lupus erythematosus.

Nature communications

Langefeld CD, Ainsworth HC, Cunninghame Graham DS, Kelly JA, Comeau ME, Marion MC, Howard TD, Ramos PS, Croker JA, Morris DL, Sandling JK, Almlöf JC, Acevedo-Vásquez EM, Alarcón GS, Babini AM, Baca V, Bengtsson AA, Berbotto GA, Bijl M, Brown EE, Brunner HI, Cardiel MH, Catoggio L, Cervera R, Cucho-Venegas JM, Dahlqvist SR, D'Alfonso S, Da Silva BM, de la Rúa Figueroa I, Doria A, Edberg JC, Endreffy E, Esquivel-Valerio JA, Fortin PR, Freedman BI, Frostegård J, García MA, de la Torre IG, Gilkeson GS, Gladman DD, Gunnarsson I, Guthridge JM, Huggins JL, James JA, Kallenberg CGM, Kamen DL, Karp DR, Kaufman KM, Kottyan LC, Kovács L, Laustrup H, Lauwerys BR, Li QZ, Maradiaga-Ceceña MA, Martín J, McCune JM, McWilliams DR, Merrill JT, Miranda P, Moctezuma JF, Nath SK, Niewold TB, Orozco L, Ortego-Centeno N, Petri M, Pineau CA, Pons-Estel BA, Pope J, Raj P, Ramsey-Goldman R, Reveille JD, Russell LP, Sabio JM, Aguilar-Salinas CA, Scherbarth HR, Scorza R, Seldin MF, Sjöwall C, Svenungsson E, Thompson SD, Toloza SMA, Truedsson L, Tusié-Luna T, Vasconcelos C, Vilá LM, Wallace DJ, Weisman MH, Wither JE, Bhangale T, Oksenberg JR, Rioux JD, Gregersen PK, Syvänen AC, Rönnblom L, Criswell LA, Jacob CO, Sivils KL, Tsao BP, Schanberg LE, Behrens TW, Silverman ED, Alarcón-Riquelme ME, Kimberly RP, Harley JB, Wakeland EK, Graham RR, Gaffney PM, Vyse TJ

Genome-Wide Association Analysis Reveals Genetic Heterogeneity of Sjögren's Syndrome According to Ancestry.

Arthritis & rheumatology (Hoboken, N.J.)

Taylor KE, Wong Q, Levine DM, McHugh C, Laurie C, Doheny K, Lam MY, Baer AN, Challacombe S, Lanfranchi H, Schiødt M, Srinivasan M, Umehara H, Vivino FB, Zhao Y, Shiboski S, Daniels TE, Greenspan JS, Shiboski CH, Criswell LA

Authors' Response to Tezcan and Colleagues' Letter to the Editor.

Arthritis & rheumatology (Hoboken, N.J.)

Vitali C, Scofield H, Shiboski SC, Seror R, Criswell LA, Labetoulle M, Lietman TM, Rasmussen A, Bowman SJ, Mariette X, Shiboski CH

Increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis among mothers with children who carry DRB1 risk-associated alleles.

Annals of the rheumatic diseases

Cruz GI, Shao X, Quach H, Ho KA, Sterba K, Noble JA, Patsopoulos NA, Busch MP, Triulzi DJ, Wong WS, Solomon BD, Niederhuber JE, Criswell LA, Barcellos LF